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The current Annapurna attempts were led by Gleb Sokolov (bottom left) and Iljas Tukhvatullin (right second from top). Poster of K2 west face summiteers compiled by ExplorersWeb.
Since this 2003 attempt K2 has been left alone in winter. Until now.
courtesy 2003 winter K2 Polish-Kazakh Netia expedition, SOURCE
K2 BC in winter storm.
courtesy 2003 winter K2 Polish-Kazakh Netia expedition, SOURCE
Winter 2003 flashback: Denis Urubko (left) and Krzysztof Wielicki in K2 BC.
courtesy 3002 winter K2 Polish-KAzakh Netia expedition, SOURCE

Winter K2: Bring It On say Russian legends

Posted: Nov 22, 2011 03:30 pm EST

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(Angela Benavides) They overcame Jannu and Everest north walls; they forged a new route on the west face of K2. Returning to the savage mountain, they aim for its first winter ascent. The Russians are back: epic guaranteed. They're the toughest climbers born to the motherland: Alexey Bolotov, Gennady Kirievskiy, Vladimir Belous, Nikolai Totmianin, Valery Shamalo, Gleb Sokolov, Vitaliy Gorelik, Illias Tukhvatullin, Andrey Mariev, Vadim Popovich, Evgeny Vinogradskiy, Nikolay Cherny, Sergey Bychkovskiy, Igor Boriseko and...

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