Jeong-Heon Park bagged eight 8000ers in Himalaya but lost his fingers to frostbite trying to save his junior climbing partner Gang-Sik Choi.
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Using hot air balloon the Korean team will rise to altitudes between 3,500 meters to 7,000 meters and then paraglide from there.
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Route description by Donga news.
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Karakoram: frostbite amputee for extreme paraglide
Posted: Aug 29, 2011 03:58 pm EDT
(Kyu Dam Lee/ExWeb Korea) He bagged eight 8000ers in Himalaya but lost his fingers to frostbite trying to save his junior climbing partner Gang-Sik Choi.
Choi was roped up with Jeong-Heon Park when he fell into a 23 meter (70 ft) deep crevasse on descent from the summit of Cholase (6,640 m). Park reportedly said he kept thinking of "Touching The Void" during the ordeal.
Sticking to the mountains, Jeong-Heon Park has now changed focus to a different style of adventure. The Korean climber recently arrived Pakistan with a team intending to paraglide a big swath of the Himalayan peaks during the next six months.
Using hot air balloon the team will rise to altitudes between 3,500 meters to 7,000 meters and then paraglide from there - Park sans fingers.
The expedition is co-organized by KAF (Korean Alpine Federation) and KHPGA (Korea Hang & Paragliding
Association). It's supported by North Face, Jin Glider and KBS (Korea Broadcasting System). Expedition leader is Jin-Seok Song.
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