Danish climber, Brian Harring Boll, who had been stranded over Camp II on the Ama Dablam on 15th October has been successfully rescued today. The 53-year-old climber fell ill and was not able to move as he descended from the summit point near the high camp which is at an altitude of 6,080 meters (19,947 feet).
Harring Boll on his expedition of the 6,812-meter mountain had reached the summit of the peak at 7:30 a.m. on the Sunday morning. According to the reports, the Danish mountaineer had suffered from snow blindness and high altitude sickness as he was descending from the summit of the peak.
Snowblindness and Altitude Sickness at the Mushroom Ridge
As the Danish climber and his mountain climbing guide Dhana Tamang were descending down to the high camp after a successful summit on the mountain. The 53-year-old Danish climber started showing the symptoms of altitude sickness and altitude sickness near the ‘Mushroom Ridge’ which is between Camp II and Camp III on the mountain.
After the Danish climber was not able to move anymore from near Mushroom Ridge, Rajendra Lama, the Managing Director at Friends Adventure tried arranging the aerial rescue operation for the 53-year-old Brian Harring Boll right away on 15th October.
However, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal refused to release any pilots for the high-altitude evacuation on Sunday citing the mandatory flying limit hours of the day. As the CAAN refused to release any pilots for the rescue of the 53-year-old Danish climbers, Rajendra Lama had to wait till, Monday, 16th October, to move along with the evacuation of the stranded climber.
Ground Search and Rescue Operation Too Lengthy Considering the Danish Climber’s Condition
As the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal declined the Friends Advneture’s request for the rescue operation of the stranded Danish climber by adducing the maximum flight hours per day. The rescue operation had to be pushed for a whole day.
According to the Friends Adventure’s director Lama, the ground rescue operation would have been too lengthy and the condition of the Danish climber was too critical to be left at that as he was suffering from both altitude sickness and snow blindness.
However, even after explaining the situation CAAN repeatedly turned down the request to release even one of the pilots for the rescue of the Danish climber on Sunday afternoon. So, the director was waiting for the flight rescue operation using longline on Monday morning.
Successful Rescue Operation
The 53-yeard-old Danish climber, Brian Harring Boll after being unable to move near the Mushroom Ridge on Mt. Ama Dablam while descending down to the high camp after a successful summit was taken to Camp II (6,080 meters) by his climbing guide Dhana Tamang.
On Monday morning, 16th October 2023, the rescue mission operated by the Kailash Helicopter was successfully able to rescue the ill Danish climber from Camp II. Senior captain Philipp Schwegler conducted the longline rescue operation on Monday and safely rescued the 53-year-old climber.
After the successful rescue from Camp II on Ama Dablam, Brian Harring Boll was admitted to SWACON International Hospital in Kathmandu. According to the Friends Advneture’s director Rajendra Lama, the Danish climber is out of danger.