Daniele Nardi is an accomplished mountaineer and a techy guy. In 2011, along with Daniele Bernasconi, Nardi set up a web cam at Kala Patthar and fixed a weather station at Everest South Col to prepare for real-time data on temp, wind, humidity, pressure and solar radiation. A final effort to place sensors on the top hade to be renounced due to illness and lack of Sherpa support.
Fast forward almost two years, an injury and a virgin ascent in India --- last week Daniele appeared on Nanga Parbat with a winter ascent in mind.
The small team, comprising French Elisabeth Revol, Italian camera man Federico Santini and three local staff have set camp and acclimatized to 5000 meters. Latest report said a tent blew off with much of the expedition tech. A stove fire added insult to injury but in the end most was salvaged, save for a bust battery charger and scorched down jacket.
Ian and the Hungarians last checked in January 9, where Ian wrote:
"David and I got moving a little earlier today, knowing that we might encounter some difficulties on the glacier. It was about 3 hours in to reach our most recent deposit, but a beautiful climb. Roped up, we moved at a steady pace, laying down some fixed line as we went. Since this route is rather exploratory, we occasionally zigzag or have to drop back to reset the line.
The climbing is not extremely technical, and I can feel myself acclimating to the thin air, but by no means has this been easy so far. There is a fair amount of exposure on the glacier and very little to bite into should I slide and have to self-arrest. Even when David is on belay my mind races a bit when I look down at the valley floor below us.
We reached the upper snowfield in the late afternoon, moving our gear cache up again. We’re sitting at nearly 5000 m in a cirque of ice shelfs, snowy couliors and ridgelines just too far away to touch today. A little marzipan for the walk home and we walk off down the ice to Base Camp. Another day in paradise."
Their home team also post to Facebook and here's the latest video:
The wind that ate the Italians' tent could have been felt by the Polish. The team news site reports a deep winter-cold paralyzing northern Pakistan with temperatures plummeting at 2200 meters in Skardu.