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Title: DENALI PRO 2002 recipient of the year
Post by: 7summits on Jan 28 2003, 02:16
The National Park Service and its partner Pigeon Mountain Industries (“PMI”) have named Thomas Laemmle as the DENALI PRO 2002 recipient of the year, for his self initiated rescue effort that went above and beyond the call of duty.

While climbing the Messner Couloir in a single push from the 14,200-foot camp, Thomas Laemmle and his climbing partner, Steffen Voelzke, came across an abandoned ice axe on the ‘Football Field’ at approximately 19,500 feet. Thomas then noticed a yellow object off the trail approximately 300 meters
to the west. Thinking it may have been a pack left by a previous expedition, Thomas went over to investigate and found an unconscious climber that was missing a glove and had his torso partially exposed. The two climbers initially thought the fallen climber was deceased, but after further investigation they realized he was severely hypothermic and possibly suffering from High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE).

In a selfless act of true heroism Thomas, who works with a search and rescue team back home in Austria, decided to take on the responsibility of trying to rescue the climber in a place where most just struggle to take care of themselves.
foot camp initiated a ground rescue and headed up to meet the rescue party descending from high on the mountain.

http://www.nps.gov/dena/home/mountaineering/summaryreports/2002%20Summary.pdf (http://www.nps.gov/dena/home/mountaineering/summaryreports/2002%20Summary.pdf)
(thanks to http://www.americasroof.com (http://www.americasroof.com))