“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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.”
Additional report by Rayane Tamer.