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Polish Adam Bielecki bagged the latest virgin winter ascent and followed up with a summer summit of K2.
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Winter 8000ers: Statistics recall

Posted: Dec 26, 2012 05:23 pm EST
(AdventureStats) The Polish took back the winter throne this spring and with that new names were added to AdventureStats.

Note that by definition a winter summit labels an expedition that started during autumn and summited in winter. A winter climb starts and ends within calendar winter (December 21 through March 21).

Before this season kicks off, some fast notes from the stats:

Seven 8000ers have been climbed during winter: Everest, Cho Oyu, Annapurna, Shisha Pangma, Makalu, Gasherbrum I and Gasherbrum II.

11 of these summits were made by Poles, 8 were done by Spaniards (all on Cho Oyu), 3 were Italian and 2 were Kazakh. Only one woman has climbed an 8000er during winter.

Italian Simone Moro has achieved 3 winter climbs. Kazakh Denis Urubko and the late Polish Jerzy Kukuczka have 2 each.

Many of the eighties' winter summits were partial autumn climbs. Polish Jerzy Kukuczka has 3 winter summits and Polish Krzysztof Wielicki has 2.

Note that in Nepal, Kangchenjunga and Lhotse still remain to be fully winter climbed.

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