/ NEWS: 8000m First Ascent - Despite Major Head Injury

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A new route was established last week by Russians Valery Babanov and Victor Afanasiev on the southwest face of Gasherbrum I (8068m) despite Afanasiev suffering a severe head injury from rockfall.

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davefount - on 05 Aug 2008
In reply to Jack Geldard - Editor - UKC:
good effort!!!
Russians seem to have the grit needed for these kinds of ascents.
Ackbar - on 05 Aug 2008
In reply to Jack Geldard - Editor - UKC: Not a "major" head injury though. Mind you, I do like these shock headlines. They make reading the news more enjoyable.
In reply to Ackbar: Are you kidding? I'd say that was pretty major considering the situation they were in- I've seen people getting helicoptered off mountains for alot lesser things than that and they still continued up to the top...
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Ackbar - on 05 Aug 2008
In reply to Jon Griffith: Major head injury really suggests that you would not be an a state to climb to the summit of an 8000m mountain. It's just a word but when I read the title I assumed that it was a serious accident i.e brain damage, suffered on the descent.

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