A woman whose son and ex-husband died on a Himalayan climbing expedition says social media influencers seeking trophy shots are contributing to an "orgy of death".

Jo Patti's son, Denali Schmidt, and her ex-husband and mountain guide Marty Schmidt, died in an avalanche trying to climb K2, the world's second highest mountain, from the Pakistan side of the Himalayas in July 2013.

The pair had already seen tragedy on the way up, trying unsuccessfully to rescue a group of Iranians who had succumbed to the elements, before tragedy struck them.

It is only six years on that Patti feels strong

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