Lhotse fall update: Czech Pavel Kalny lost, Martin Minarik uninjured

Posted: May 12, 2006 02:00 pm EDT

(MountEverest.net) Czech media has confirmed the name of Pavel Kalny as the climber who died after a fall on Lhotse, Wednesday May 10.

Pavel was climbing Lhotse with fellow Czech Martin Minarik, reportedly uninjured.

The pair left BC on May 5. They hoped to set C4 at the bottom of the Messner Couloir, before deciding what to do next. On the way up, they met Simone Moro in C3 (Simone went back down afterwards).

Dr. Sebastian from the Chilean Lhotse team pronounced the Czech climber dead at 1pm Nepal time on May 10. They estimated Pavel fell between C3 and C4 sometime late afternoon May 9.

Details are still unclear, but Minarik might have been lower down the mountain when the accident took place. It seems the climbers were descending, it's not known yet if they had reached the summit.

On April 6, 2006 Pavel Kalny and Martin Minarik left home to attempt Lhotse. Minarik is a seasoned Himalayan climber, but Lhotse was Pavel's first climbing experience at 8000m.


Image of Pavel Kalny (left) and Martin Minarik in Everest BC before their Lhotse summit push, courtesy of the expedition's website (click to enlarge).