Climbers' meeting on September 16 in Podlesice. Left to right: K. Tarasewicz, D. Zaluski, J. Szulc, A.Hajzer, K.Wielicki, and J.Jawien (click to enlarge).
Wielicki was the fifth person to summit all 14 8000ers. Among his climbs were the first winter climbs on Everest, Kangchenjunga and Lhotse. Now he is going for a fourth: Nanga Parbat - the fifth time Polish climbers attempt this peak in winter (click to enlarge).
Only Jan Szulc answered Wielicki's call for a comeback to Himalayan winter climbing. After leading a successful first winter climb expedition on Shisha last year, Jan is deputy leader on the upcoming Nanga Parbat expedition. All images courtesy of HiMountain (click to enlarge).
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