Body of Australian climber Matthew Eakin found on K2

The rescue operation found the body of Australian Matthew Eakin, who died while climbing the second highest mountain K2 in the world. .
The bodies of Mr Eakin and Canadian Richard Cartier were found after they both went missing on K2 in Kashmir between Camp 1 (6,000 meters) and Camp 2 (6,700 meters) in two separate incidents.

“The bodies of the climbers were found at an altitude of about 6,500 meters,” a spokesman for the Pakistan Alpine Club told DPA on Wednesday.

The two men smile and point to the mountain.

Matthew (left) is remembered as an advocate for mountain adventures for Australian climbing enthusiasts. Source: facebook / Pratik Bahadur Khatri

A spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said that consular assistance was being provided and expressed his condolences to the friends and family of the Australian climber.

Tribute was paid to Mr Eakin, who founded the Mountaineers Downunder, an online group that brings together Australians dedicated to climbing.
Other climbers from around the world wrote on Facebook that they shared their unforgettable experience with Mr. Ikin and expressed their condolences to his family.
“While heroes come and go, legends remain forever,” a friend wrote on social media.

“Gone too soon, but you will always be in our heart and memory. [a] a pillar of support and inspiration for too many people, including us.”

A man smiles in a multi-layered sleeping bag.

Matthew Eakin founded the online group Mountaineers Downunder, bringing together Australians dedicated to climbing. Source: facebook / Animesh Duwadi

Another friend said: “23 years of knowing that you will stay with me forever. I will always see your smile in the clouds. Sleep well, my dear friend, in the mountains you loved.”

“Simply heartbreaking… Matt grabbed life by the throat and squeezed everything out of it… He lived so many lives in his life and died pursuing his passion,” wrote another.

Matthew smiles as he gives a thumbs up as he hikes up the snowy mountain.

His loved ones online remember Matthew as a “legend”. Source: facebook / Alessandro Corazza

Asghar Ali Porik of climbing tour operator Jasmine said the team of more than 20 porters “helped with the mission to retrieve the climbers’ bodies.”

At 8,611 meters, Mount K2, nicknamed the “wild mountain” due to its harsh environment, is located in Pakistan-administered Kashmir close to the border with China.
Hundreds of climbers, most of them from Europe, try to conquer the peaks of Pakistan every summer, but only a few make it during the winter months.

Additional report by Rayane Tamer.