Saturday night I posted the first news that I had heard about adventurer Rob Gauntlett perishing in the Alps after taking a massive fall there. At the time, the details were still coming in, but it seems that now there is more information on the situation.
When the story first broke we knew that Rob was climbing with a friend, but that person had not been named yet. It turns out that he was fellow Brit James Atkinson, who, like Gauntlett, was 21 years old. The two men were climbing in good weather conditions, and were said to be well equipped, so the mystery of what exactly happened remains. It does appear that they may have simply made a mistake that sent them falling to their deaths.
Rob was the youngest Brit to climb Everest, topping out back in 2006 at the age of 19 with his friend James Hooper. The pair then went on to make an epic journey traveling from the North Pole to the South mostly on foot, bike, and ship. Completing that journey garnered them the coveted National Geographic Adventurer of the Year award back in November.
I continue to send thoughts and prayers to Rob’s friends and family.
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