Vladimir Belous has been forced to leave the Russian expedition to K2 after suffering frostbite to his toes.
He was one of three climbers who got caught in a storm that hit camp 1 a few days ago. Vladimir Belous, Eugeny Vinogradsky and Alexey Bolotov were caught in a storm on Sunday and had little warning. Their tent ripped and gear started to be blown out. There was a risk that they too would be blown down the side of K2.
This has reduced the number of climbers on K2 to 8 for this Russian expedition.
Source: 2011/12 Russian K2 expedition