Huang De, a junior at Beijing's Tsinghua University,
fell to his death when climbing down a mountain in southwest
Province around noon on Saturday.
Huang fell after a piece of rock he was grasping broke off.
His companions, Wang Rongtao and Zhang Weihua, both graduates of
Peking University, and two
guides dared not move after the fall. One of the guides finally
went back to a local village for help on Saturday evening.
It was not until the next afternoon that the two trapped
climbers and the other guide were rescued.
"We have reminded our climbers to pay more attention to safety,"
said Sun Lin, a student working at the Tsinghua University
Currently, a team of 13 Tsinghua climbers is in northwest
Province to scale a 6,600-meter mountain.
After hearing of Huang's death, the climbers postponed the climb
because of the potential risks.
Sun said the climbers in Qinghai are now in good spirits despite
A member of Peking University's Mountain Eagles Club said the
club's plans to climb a peak of more than 6,000 meters in southwest
Autonomous Region have not been changed.
In recent years, mountaineering has gained popularity among
Students from Peking and Tsinghua, China's top two universities,
have earned the most acclaim in the field.
Last July, 16 members of the Mountain Eagles Club climbed the
6,178-meter Mount Yuzhu in Qinghai.
Meanwhile, 14 students from the Tsinghua University
Mountaineering Association reached the peak of the 6,590-meter
Mount Samdain Kangsang in the Nyainqentanglha Mountains in northern
But enthusiastic students have been accompanied by accidents,
Five members of the Mountain Eagles Club died or were presumed
dead after they were hit by an avalanche when trying to reach Mount
Shisha Pagma's 7,292-meter western face in Tibet in August
(China Daily July 6, 2004)