Romanian climber Torok Zsolt, world renowned champion, has been found dead in Făgăraș Mountains, near Negoiu Peak, on Saturday. He had been reported missing since Wednesday. Torok Zsolt, aged 45, was from Arad, western Romania. He had broken down some records in Romania and abroad.
The Sibiu mountain rescuers could not reach the area where the climber was found dead by helicopter due to the bad weather, so they embarked on the rescue mission afoot.
Torok Zsolt was one of the most famous Romanian climbers. He climbed five peaks in Himalaya in 2016, being accompanied by Vlad Căpuşan on three of the ascents.
The two alpinists scored two national premieres and a world first three years ago, as they were the first human beings who reached Peak 5 in Makalu region, also known as Saldim Peak (6,374m), which has had never been climbed before until then.
In 2013, Torok Zsolt led the Romanian expedition that reached the 8,126-m high Nanga Parbat, considered the biggest performance in the Romanian climbing. Among Torok Zsolt’s other premieres there were also the Great Wall Marathon, the Alps Trilogy and K2.
Torok Zsolt had left alone on the mountain several days ago and reached an area with no cell phone reception.
The climber had just got married a month ago, and his wife said he had left alone to climb the mountain on Tuesday night. She said she was not worried about him for she knew he was in an area with no phone reception.
“He took refuge at Călțun shelter and a group reached the refuge on Saturday and saw his things out there. I knew he was supposed to return to the refuge. He should come back home on Sunday,” his wife told Digi24.
The chief of the Sibiu Mountain Rescuer Service, Adrian David, thinks Zsolt Torok died after a cliff had fallen off with him, considering he was found near Negoiu Peak, a highly unstable area that was less frequented by climbers.
The Romania Mountain Rescue service has posted a farewell message after Zsolt Torok’s death has been confirmed.
“The mountain peaks and the Romanian climbing are poorer and sadder now. He left us, killed by his great passion, one of the greatest Romanian climbers, an incredible character, a friend of the Mountain Rescue, a HUMAN… The mental load is high in every situation we intervene, but there are moments like this one that is beyond our power of comprehension and it’s hard for us to accept the cold hard reality. Condolences to the family and to all who knew, admired him and appreciated his performances. Farewell, dear friend!,” reads the Mountain rescue national service’s message.