Sunday, September 13, 2009

Explorer's Web Interview with Dave Ohlson

Dave Ohlson, owner of Ursus Films, recently spoke with about the rescue attempt on Latok II. He was with Fabrizio Zangrilli and Chris Szymiec of Field Touring Alpine in mid August when they learned of the situation on Latok II where Spanish climbers Oscar Perez and Alvaro Novellon had a bad accident. Oscar Perez broke a leg and arm and was left in a precarious position with little fuel and food while Alvaro descended and put out the call for help. Top climbers from Spain immediately flew to Pakistan to help out. Ultimately, the rescue was unsuccessful due to a change in the weather, the length of time Oscar had been alone on the mountain and the risk to rescuers.

Read the interview and see pictures here:

Here are some more pictures not posted on

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Rescue on Pumori with Fabrizio Zangrilli.

This is a video that we produced for It is up there somewhere, but I can't for the life of me figure out how one would get to it starting at the homepage. So instead, I've decided to post the video here.

Last Fall Fabrizio and I were on Pumori, in Nepal. Fabrizio had a client that was injured by a falling chunk of ice. This video is him discussing the accident and subsequent rescue. I wasn't on the mountain the day this happened. But I did wander into basecamp soon after his client had been put into a tent. I examined them and found some major problems which is when we made the decision that we could not wait for a helicopter to come to basecamp and had to evacuate to Gorak Shep where we hoped to find bottles of oxygen and more people to help.