With the tumble climbing flavor inwards the Himalaya all but over, we’ll straight off plough our attending to the wintertime ahead. While at that topographic point are never a large pose out of expeditions that cause got house during that season, the ones that produce are unremarkably incredibly interesting to follow. This twelvemonth looks similar it, volition survive no dissimilar equally it is already shaping upwards to survive a challenging one.
The large focus for the wintertime volition no doubtfulness survive on K2, where the Polish Ice Warrior squad cause got laid their sights on the solely 8000-meter peak that remains unclimbed during the toughest, nearly unsafe flavor of all.
As nosotros all know, K2 is an incredibly challenging mount to climb nether the best of conditions. But during the winter, it gets considerably to a greater extent than hard cheers to high winds, heavy snows, potential avalanche conditions, in addition to brutally mutual frigidity temperatures. To date, it has turned dorsum all attempts, in addition to left a trail of fatalities inwards its wake.
The Polish squad volition larn inwards in K2 Base Camp side yesteryear side calendar month simply at the start of winter. They’ll desire every hateful solar daytime of the flavor at their disposal, equally it could potentially cause got a total 3 months to consummate their objectives. The 10 human being squad piece survive led yesteryear 67-year one-time Krzysztof Wielicki, a veteran of numbers Polish wintertime expeditions dating dorsum to the 1980’s, including the get-go successful wintertime rise of Mt. Everest. While he won’t survive going upwards the mount himself, his years of sense in addition to wisdom volition attention Pb the team.
We volition of class survive next their expedition closely in addition to cheering them on. For many, the wintertime rise of K2 is the concluding major mountaineering objective to survive achieved. It remains to survive seen if that volition come about this year.
Meanwhile, Tomasz Mackiewicz is hoping to provide to Nanga Parbat for some other endeavour on that peak. He has been on the mount for the yesteryear half-dozen years in addition to is straight off hoping to brand it a seventh. To produce so, he has to crowdfund the coin needed for yet some other expedition however, which may tougher straight off that Nanga has already been climbed inwards winter. Simone Moro, Alex Txikon, in addition to Muhammad Ali Sadpara completed that delineate of piece of occupation inwards Feb of 2016. Speculation is that if Mackiewicz tin heighten the funds he volition survive joined yesteryear his climbing partner Elisabeth Revol in ane lawsuit once to a greater extent than this year, but the Frenchwoman has yet to confirm her plans for the coming winter.
Finally, it has yet to survive revealed what – if anything – Simone Moro volition produce this winter. The Italian climber typically has large plans for the colder months of the year, having completed get-go ascents of several 8000-meter peaks during that season. Moro has been keeping his cards simply about his vest inwards recent years however, waiting to discover his expedition plans equally he gets closer to the start of the climb. There is a skillful peril he has some novel objective inwards mind, but hasn’t revealed it simply yet.
There volition probable survive a duo of other interesting wintertime expeditions to follow too. Right now, it is the calm earlier the tempest equally nosotros transition from ane flavor to the next. But it won’t survive long earlier the updates from remote corners of the excogitation start out to trickle in. Stay tuned.