3-time Best-of-ExWeb award winner Sergei Samoilov; Denis Urubko's free-spirited and courageous climbing partner was lost on Lhotse last week.

Breaking News: Sergei Samoilov reported lost on Lhotse

Posted: May 27, 2009 10:03 am EDT
(MountEverest.net/Madrid) Lhotse has claimed the life of Kazakh climber Sergei Samoilov, who was attempting the Lhotse-Everest traverse together with Maxut Zhumayev and Vassiliy Pivtsov. The sad news has been confirmed on the expedition's official website - Mountain.kz.

While further details are expected soon, attention now focuses on Max and Vaso's safe descent back to BC. The Kazakhs might be the last men still up on Lhotse/Everest South side, since virtually other teams in the area are reportedly back in BC or already on their trips back home.