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Climbing out of the abyss

Climber ascends again after tragedy

Originally Published: July 23, 2011
By Dana Beck

One moment can change everything. For high-altitude climber Isabel Suppé, that moment came on a brutally cold day on a Bolivian mountain on July 29, 2010. Suppé was a rope's length away from the summit ridge of Ala Izquierda del Condoriri's 17,761-foot peak when tragedy struck. Her climbing partner, Peter Wiesenekker, slipped on a patch of ice, blowing out their anchorage points and pulling down Suppé, who was tied to him.

"We kept on falling through what seemed ...

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