Agna, Artur M, Mateusz Z and Andrzej after Puja. Image by Artur Hajzer courtesy Artur Hajzer, SOURCE
Winter G1 and summer 2012 K2 summiteer Adam Bielecki. courtesy Polish Makalu Expedition 2011, SOURCE
Artur Malek and Andrzej Bargiel in the icefall (note the skis). Bargiel improved Urubko's time on Elbrus in 2010 and will now attempt to speed climb Lhotse from BC to summit below 16 hours. Image by Krzystof Starek courtesy Artur Hajzer, SOURCE
"Me in the icefall." The climbers fixed much of the route on their own. Image by Krzystof Starek courtesy Artur Hajzer, SOURCE
Icefall Doc at work. The young Poles couldn't afford to wait for the section to be finished and climbed the maze as it was being secured. Image by Mateusz Zablocki courtesy Artur Hajzer, SOURCE
Camp 3. This is the last camp spot shared with Everest. Image by Artur Malek courtesy Artur Hajzer, SOURCE
Remember the infamous snake line pic on Everest last spring? This is what the section looks like now. Image by Artur Malek courtesy Artur Hajzer, SOURCE
Starek, Grobel and Zablocki in Pangboche monastery. Critical of excessive support in climbing, Hajzer walks the talk with a new generation of mountaineers. Image by Agna Bielecka courtesy Artur Hajzer, SOURCE
Same guy, different outfit. Bielecki in camp 3 on Gasherbrum 1, shooting a pic of himself. This winter the Poles will attempt Broad Peak. Image by Adam Bielecki courtesy Polish winter GI expedition 2012, SOURCE
Agnieszka (Agna), Adam's sister, carrying loads on GI. Only months later, she is part of the current summit attempt on Lhotse. Image by Shaheen Baig courtesy Polish winter GI expedition 2012, SOURCE
Private Artur training to keep up with his young.
Arthur Hajzer on the Lhotse wall. Image by Agna Bielecka courtesy Artur Hajzer, SOURCE
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(Tina Sjogren) Current high altitude climbing in Nepal is shaping up to one of the most interesting seasons. Manaslu's avalanche was avenged by the first summits. A Russian/Euro ski descent is in the pipe on Makalu. At Dhaulagiri a 73-years-old is out to prove that age doesn't matter, while on Lhotse Polish veterans are training hands-on the next generation of Himalayan stars.In only a few years, the Polish young guns have had plenty of excitement. A supportless Makalu climb not long ago reminded of what Himalaya used to be...