Monday 19 November 2018

Memorial fund honours heroic climber

Barry Duggan

A MEMORIAL fund in honour of an Irish climber who died on his descent from the world's second highest mountain has been set up to provide first-aid training and safe climbing technique for high-altitude porters.

The Gerard McDonnell Memorial Fund was set up after the Limerick man died while trying to save the lives of three other climbers on K2 last August.

Ger (37) became the first Irishman to reach the summit of K2, located in the Himalayas between Pakistan and China, last year. Ger died in a powerful avalanche on his descent after spending three hours attempting to save the lives of three Korean climbers in the mountain's 'death zone'.

The brother-in-law of the deceased mountaineer, Damien O'Brien, said it was always a dream of Ger's to set up a climbing school for high-altitude porters.

High-altitude porters are essential support for climbing expeditions in the K2 region.

Further information on how to donate can be found on: http://www.mountain fund.org/online/index.php/projects/active-projects /gerard-mcdonnell-memorial-fund.

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