Chilling Facebook post days before Aussie man found dead on K2

·Associate News Editor
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A missing Australian man has been found dead on the world's second highest peak, K2, days after his last movements were documented in a chilling Facebook post.

Experienced mountaineer Matthew Eakin's body was discovered alongside another deceased male, Canadian Richard Cartier, after they disappeared while climbing the famous mountain located on the Pakistan-China border last week.

A source at the base camp told The Himalayan Times the two men were found at separate camps. Mr Eakin's body was discovered at the Advanced Base Camp, they said, with both bodies "intact and frozen".

Matthew Eakin was a well-respected mountaineer. Source: Facebook
Matthew Eakin was a well-respected mountaineer. Source: Facebook

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has since confirmed an Australian man died during an expedition, and his family was receiving consular support, the ABC reported.

Group were tired after 'big days'

Among their group was climber Justin Dubé-Fahmy, who documented their expedition on Facebook.

In his final post on July 22, he said how he, Matt and Richard were "burnt up".

"It's starting to get cold. We are pretty tired after these two big days," he said, noting they'd been climbing for 16 hours.

Mr Eakin (pictured far left) with a group of climbers during his last expedition. Source: Facebook/ Justin Dube-Fahmy
Mr Eakin (pictured far left) with a group of climbers during his last expedition. Source: Facebook/ Justin Dube-Fahmy

Tribute flow for Sydney climber

Tributes began to flow online once their deaths were confirmed, with one fellow climber saying Mr Eakin was "loved by all".

"Matthew has made a huge contribution to the mountaineering community in Australia. Our hearts go out to his family and friends. We will miss you forever great legend," another explorer said.

Mr Eakin ran the Facebook group Mountaineers Downunder, and has been described as a "pillar of support and inspiration for too many people".

"I'm sure Matt is smiling from above right now, looking forward to cheer us up in our future dreams, because now he conquered it all," another wrote.

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