Italian climber Francesco Cassardo and his colleague was descending the 6,955 metre Gasherbrum peak VII after becoming the first people in history to reach the top when he fell breaking his leg and suffering a near fatal neck injury. Fortunately for him, a group of Polish and Canadian climbers were nearby who rushed to his rescue.
President Andrzej Duda decorated three high-altitude climbers with the Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw on Monday, for their part in a winter 2018 mountain rescue on Pakistan's Nanga Parbat.
The famous magazine rewards a man who skied down K2 and two climbers involved in a desperate bid to save two colleagues stranded high on one of the world’s highest mountains.
Called the Savage Mountain owing to its grim reputation for claiming lives, K2 has never been climbed in winter.