Winter volition officially instruct inward in the Northern Hemisphere tomorrow, Dec 21. That agency that for whatever teams planning a wintertime rising inward the Himalaya or other big mountains are straight off on the clock, giving them until March xx to consummate their expeditions. Of course, that is nonetheless enough of fourth dimension acclimate as well as gear upwards for a challenging ascent, which volition ultimately hold out dictated past times the weather. As the novel flavour dawns, it straight off appears equally if at that topographic point are a duad of other major peaks to proceed an oculus on this season.
We already know that the Polish squad led by preparing to caput to K2 this wintertime for what promises to hold out the virtually challenging as well as hard climb of them all. K2 is the only 8000-meter peak that remains unclimbed inward wintertime as well as it isn’t probable to hand upwards its summit easily. The talented as well as experienced squad is expected to instruct inward in Islamic Republic of Pakistan later Christmas as well as cause down the arduous business of climbing 1 of the virtually hard peaks inward the world, during the virtually hard season.
The Poles won’t hold out solitary inward Pakistan. Their beau countryman Tomek Mackiewicz is already there, equally is his climbing partner Elisabeth Revol. The duo are going dorsum to Nanga Parbet, a mount that Tomek has struggled amongst for sometime. The 8126 meter (26,660 ft) mount has been the Pole’s white whale over the past times few years, allowing him to instruct incredibly close, but nonetheless non granting access to its summit. The duo are reportedly inward Islamabad now, but are preparing to exit for Skardu as well as Base Camp inside a few days.
Finally, at that topographic point has been enough of speculation that Alex Txikon is headed dorsum to Everest this winter, but this fourth dimension he may non hold out going alone. The Spaniard struggled mightily to brand a wintertime rising of the world’s highest peak final winter, only to come upwards up merely short. He has hinted that he would become dorsum for unopen to other become this year, but at that topographic point hasn’t been whatever official announcements yet.
Perhaps to a greater extent than intriguing is that he may hold out bringing a duad of rigid climbers to come upwards along for the ride. There are a few hints that Simone Moro as well as Tamara Lunger may hold out a business office of this year’s expedition, bringing mayhap the virtually experienced wintertime climber inward the footing onto the project. Moro has 4 outset ascents of 8000-meter peaks nether his belt, as well as his wisdom as well as sense would hold out invaluable. Lunger also came inside seventy meters of the summit of Nanga Parbat dorsum inward 2016 earlier having to plough dorsum due to illness, hence she brings enough of sense too.
Of course, we’ll hold out keeping an oculus on these expeditions equally the wintertime unfolds, amongst regular updates to come.