Drago Bregar

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Born(1952-08-23)August 23, 1952
Višnja Gora, Slovenia
DiedJuly 10, 1977(1977-07-10) (aged 24)
Gašerbrum I., Pakistan

Drago Bregar was a Slovenian Mountaineer, (23 August 1952, Višnja Gora--10 July 1977, Gašerbrum I., Pakistan).

Drago Bregar was a first Yugoslavian death in the Himalayas. In summer of 1977, he was a member of a Slovenian expedition in Karakoram, that climbed a new route on Gasherbrum I. (8080 m, 26510 ft).[1] Ljubljana branch of the Alpine Association of Slovenia is named after Drago Bregar.[2] In the Summer of 1975, Bregar was a member of a Yugoslavian expedition in the Caucasus Mountains. On July 17, the whole team reached the summit of Elbrus (5642 m, 18510 ft), the European highest mountain. After that, the next goal was Nakratau (4277 m, 12157 ft). The climbers climbed through three different routes on the North wall of the mountain. Bregar was in a four-man team, together with Janez Dornik, Drago Šegregur and Franci Šter, that climbed the route Zamora. The route is mixed with rocks and ice, which was a chance for Drago to show his renowned skills in ice climbing.[3][4][5][6][7]

Between May 8 and August 22, 1977, Slovenian climbers did their first trip to Karakoram in Pakistan, driving there and back. Two years before, on October 6 1975, they reached the summit of their first eight-thousander Makalu. On July 8, 1977, Nejc Zaplotnik and Andrej Štremfelj climbed a new route on the South-west face of Gasherbrum I., which was the second eight-thousander for Slovenian climbing.[8] Bregar, who was the most experienced climber of the expedition with numerous ice-climbing achievements in the Alps, tried to solo-climb the new Slovenian route the next day. Unfortunately, the weather got worse and he got stuck not far from the peak of the mountain. The rest of the team tried to search for him, however, after six days of continous snowing, they had to stop the rescue mission. Drago Bregar was a month shy of 25 years old.[9][10][11][12]


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  12. McDonald, Bernadette (2015-09-21). Alpine Warriors. Rocky Mountain Books Ltd. ISBN 978-1-77160-110-8.

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