Tragedy struck last weekend with the news that world-class climber and guide, Marty Schmidt, along with son Denali Schmidt, were killed when an avalanche struck their camp on the Pakistani mountain K2.

Tributes to the father and son have been coming in from all corners of the globe. The Sydney Morning-Herald, Climbing Magazine, and Rock and Ice magazine all are remembering Marty and Denali. 3 News out of New Zealand, Marty’s adopted home, has been collecting memories from the many professional guides world-wide who knew the Schmidts well.

Marty Schmidt was born and raised in California, and grew up climbing the mountains of the Sierra Nevada. He enlisted in the Air Force in the early 1980s, already an accomplished climber, and earned the maroon beret of an USAF Pararescueman. He was stationed with the Alaskan PJ team, then known as the 71st ARS.

Marty’s sister, Barbara, found an old interview with Marty where he spoke of his military service, and passed it along: