Missing Italian, British climbers found dead on Pak’s ‘killer mountain’

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Missing Italian, British climbers found dead on Pak’s ‘killer mountain’

The body of missing mountaineer Tom Ballard has been found alongside his Italian climbing partner by a helicopter search team in Pakistan.

Karrar Haidri, secretary of the Alpine Club of Pakistan shows pictures of two missing climbers, Briton Tom Ballard, right, and Italian Daniele Nardi in Islamabad, Pakistan, who have now been found dead. "He reported spotting two unidentified shapes on the mountain and though it is not clear what they may be- tents, rags- the ground search party has called for a helicopter", he said.

Base camp hadn't heard from Ballard or Nardi, 42, since February 24.

Yesterday it was confirmed by an aerial search that two silhouettes spotted on the mountainside by rescuers last week were the two missing men.

Nanga Parbat, dubbed "Killer Mountain" after the deaths of several climbers there, is the world's ninth highest mountain. Ballard, 30, was the son of British climber Alison Hargreaves, the first woman to scale Mount Everest alone.

She died later that year while descending from the summit of Pakistan's K2, the world's second-tallest mountain which is considered much harder to climb than Everest.

Mr Ballard was born in Derbyshire and moved to the Scottish Highlands in 1995 around the same time he lost his mother Alison Hargreaves.

A number of deaths on the peak, which is notoriously hard to climb, have earned it the nickname "Killer Mountain".

An experienced climber, Tom became the first person to solo climb all six of the great north faces of the Alps in the winter season.

"We inform you that the research of Daniele and Tom has ended", the post said. "A part of them will always remain on Nanga Parbat". On Facebook, Ballard's girlfriend, Stefania Pederiva, wrote that her heart was "completely drowned" with sorrow.

Mr. Nardi, who was from a town near Rome, had attempted to climb Nanga Parbat in the winter four times without success. In more recent years, Ballard had been living in Italy's Dolomites mountain range with his father.

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