Image from the Italian/French/Pakistani combo acclimatization climb.
Image by Daniele Nardi courtesy Daniele Nardi, SOURCE
File image of Shaheen Amin (with winter climber Simone Moro in back).
Image by Shimshal Mountaineering School courtesy Shimshal Mountaineering School
Aminullah Baig worked with the Polish winter expedition on Broad Peak in 2009/2010 and the Russian K 2 expedition last winter.
Image by Shimshal Mountaineering School courtesy Shimshal Mountaineering School
Shaheen worked with the Polish Gasherbrum 1 team last year.
Image by Shimshal Mountaineering School courtesy Shimshal Mountaineering School
Ali is working with Nardi on Nanga Parbat.
Image by Daniele Nardi courtesy Daniele Nardi, SOURCE
Daniele Nardi on Nanga.
Image by Daniele Nardi courtesy Daniele Nardi, SOURCE
Adam Bielecki and Krzysztof Wielicki in Skardu. The team left for Broad Peak BC today in rather bad weather.
Image by Adam Bielecki and Krzysztof Wielicki courtesy Adam Bielecki and Krzysztof Wielicki
Winter Karakoram: meet the locals

Posted: Jan 17, 2013 06:16 pm EST
(Newsdesk) The Polish are enroute to Broad Peak base camp. Climbers on Nanga Parbat are bracing for bad weather in BC.

Meet the Baigs

Word arrrived from Shimshal Mountaineering School's Majeed Karim (Shams Alpine) about Pakistani climbers Shaheen Baig and Amin Ullah Baig who left Skardu today with the Polish (Karim is Shaheen's younger brother).

Karim reports the climbers said temperature in Skardu is 10 below with heavy snow fall which indicates a tough winter ahead.

Shaheen Baig has attempted Broad Peak twice in winter along with Qudrat Ali, another local climber, and Italian climber Simone Moro. Last year he worked with the Polish team that scaled Gasherbrum I, which was the first winter ascent by any Polish team in Karakorum.

Karim says his brother scaled nine 7,000ers including Mustaghata (1997) in China, and two 8000ers in Pakistan: Gasherbrum II in 2001, and K2 in 2004 with the Spanish Jubilee team.

Shaheen recovered the body of a Japanese climber on Lady Finger in Hunza in 1997; and brought down remains of a Japanese climber on Passu Peak from 5,500 meters in 2003. In 2004 Shaheen helped the Magic Line team bring down the remains of a Spanish climber from 6400 meters.

Aminullah Baig worked with the Polish winter expedition on Broad Peak in 2009/2010 and the Russian K 2 winter expedition last year. He has scaled G1, G2 and Nanga Parbat.

Nanga Parbat

Nardi, Elisabeth and Ali have been acclimatizing on a nearby peak. At night, the three huddled close in one tent to get shelter from the winter temperatures. "I'm sandwiched between France and Pakistan," Italian Nardi lamented. Here goes a video from the training climb:

Daniele Nardi - Nanga Parbat Winter - acclimatazione from Daniele Nardi on Vimeo.



The team is now in BC weathering the storm.

Short on power Ian, Dave and Zoltan latest called home from BC announcing they've been to 5100 meters and would do a longer trip the next day. On their return they hoped for a working generator and warmer community tent in BC, allowing more updates.

Direct links to expedition reports:

Nardi's reports

Eli's reports

Ian, David and Zoltan

Polish on FB

Polish winter news

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