Body of Australian mountaineer Matthew Eakin found at K2

A rescue operation has found the body of Australian Matthew Eakin, who died climbing the world’s second highest mountain, K2. .
The bodies of Mr Eakin and Canadian Richard Cartier were found after the two disappeared on K2 in Kashmir between Camp 1 (6,000 metres) and Camp 2 (6,700 metres) in two separate incidents.

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

Two men smile and point to a mountain.

Matthew (left) is considered the champion of mountain adventures for Australian rock climbers. Source: Facebook / Pratik Bahadur Khatri

A Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade official said consular assistance was being provided and offered condolences to friends and family of the Australian climber.

Tributes were paid to Mr Eakin, who founded Mountaineers Downunder, an online group to unite dedicated Australians to mountaineers.
Other climbers around the world have posted on Facebook to share their memorable experiences with Mr Eakin and offer their condolences to his family.
“Although heroes come and go, legends remain forever,” a friend wrote on social media.

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

A man smiling while wearing multiple layers in a sleeping bag

Matthew Eakin founded Mountaineers Downunder, an online group to unite Australians dedicated to mountaineering. Source: Facebook / Encourage Duwadi

Another friend said, “23 years of knowing you forever. I will always see your smile in the clouds. Rest easy my dear friend on the mountains you loved.”

“Just heartbreaking…Matt grabbed life by the throat and squeezed it for all it was worth…He lived so many lives in his lifetime and died pursuing his passion,” said writes another.

Matthew smiles, giving a thumbs up while hiking up a snowy mountain

Matthew is considered a “legend” by those close to him online. Source: Facebook / Alessandro Corazza

Asghar Ali Porik, of tour operator Jasmine which organizes climbs, said a team of more than 20 porters were “attending a mission to recover the bodies of the climbers”.

The 8,611-meter-tall K2, which has earned it the nickname “Wild Mountain” due to its harsh conditions, is located in Pakistani-administered Kashmir near the border with China.
Hundreds of mostly European climbers attempt to scale Pakistan’s peaks every summer, but only a few try in the winter months.

Additional reporting by Rayane Tamer.