Sherpa tells story of Irish climber's death
THE Nepalese Sherpa who accompanied tragic Limerick mountaineer Ger McDonnell to the summit of K2 is in Ireland this week to promote a new book that sets the record straight on what really happened in the world's worst mountaineering disaster.
Ger McDonnell is the only Irishman ever to have reached the summit of K2. However, he lost his life in the 'Death Zone' on the descent in August 2008, one of 11 climbers to die in the expedition.
Controversy has surrounded what happened but Pemba Gyalje (pictured), who accompanied McDonnell (37), has written his account in a new book, 'The Summit – How triumph turned to tragedy on K2's deadliest days', along with mountaineer Pat Falvey.
Publication coincides with the release of a film of the same name, directed by Nick Ryan, which premiered in Cork last night.