Nick Rice and his climbing partners had their equipment stolen from high camps on Shishapangma. He and his partners had been hoping for a summit push at around the 15th of October. However, on the climb up the mountain he was horrified to find that all the equipment was gone from camp 1.
“Upon arriving to Camp I, we were horrified to discover that someone had taken down our tent and all our equipment,” Rice said.
They were then forced to abandon their summit attempt because of the missing equipment. Also initially the equipment from camps 2 and 3 were thought to have disappeared due to the high winds blowing them away. But he now believes that they might have been stolen.
In total they lost $10,000 in equipment. Also they been preparing for 2 months. So this has been a great disappointment to him.
Rice had luckily escaped with his life last year on K2 after an incident delayed him climbing when the ice serac fell. It is hoped that this setback does not affect his plans to return to K2 next year as planned.