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14th February 2021
Pakistan's Ali Sadpara: The climber who never came back from K2
Why is it that we cannot recognize the worth of a human being until after they’re gone? We only celebrate our local heroes once they are no longer with us, then start lauding their efforts. Thankfully, heroes like Ali Sadpara, as well as Iceland's John Snorri and Chile's Juan Pablo Mohr, pursue their passion because it is the summit that calls to them - not the applause. We say many things are “insurmountable”, but K2 - the savage mountain - is the literal example of it. It has felled many great and daring men and women, but it can never dominate the spirit of adventure and patriotism that was showcased by Ali Sadpara, who is the only Pakistani to have climbed eight of the world's 14 highest mountains, and to make the first ever winter ascent of the world's ninth highest peak, Nanga Parbat. He did so with a smile on his face and the Pakistani flag in his hands.
We honor the efforts of his family to bring them back. Ali Sadpara’s legacy will always be bigger than any mountain.
Caption by @thisiswajeeha