(Angela Benavides) Brilliant sunshine is treating all climbers to a nice winter break, unfortunately the current window came a bit early for summit pushes.
Yesterday Denis spoke of the new route he and Simone hope to do on Nanga Parbat. Messner, who once commenced it, hopes the two will finish it.
Nanga Parbat: Denis and Simone for a double-first
Although known as the Messner route, the South Tyrolean actually never completed the line that Simone and Denis have deviated to. Should they succeed, they would thus bag a double "first" (the winter ascent and a new route).
"Yes, the route is unfinished, although attempted by Messner," Simone confirmed over email to ExplorersWeb. Moro said that Messner hopes they'll make it, "we are in touch with Reinhold - we're actually great friends," Simone said.
The climbers spent the day trekking to Kutgully BC and back celebrating the one year anniversary of their G1 winter climb with Cory Richards.
As for the other team on the mountain, Simone reported the Polish have been debating strategy for a while in BC but might go up today to fix some rope to C1.
Normal in summer ain't necessarily so in winter, Denis said in yesterday's interview. The Polish veterans on G1 might agree, currently on a complicated access to the face in a maze of seracs and crevasses starting the normal route.
Artur Hajzer elaborated he wouldn't be surprised if the great weather triggered successful summit pushes but said his team will stick to their guns, with attempts not until late February, early March. Adam and two porters were about to leave for C2 today.
No other team reported summit plans yet; also on G1 the international expedition led by Gerfried Goschl reached 6,400 m on their new route attempt. "We've done in just 10 days, what last year took a month," mused Gerfried. Alex Txikon's home team said he and Carlos will supply C1 tomorrow and spend Friday night there if all goes to plan.
A radio silence on K2 is attributed to possible generator outage.
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