Gasherbrum I: Polish ready for summit

Posted: Feb 17, 2012 06:26 pm EST

(Angela Benavides) It took no more than one long weekend for both K2 and Nanga Parbat to empty out. Messages are divided from the only peak left in the game. The Polish on G1 normal route say they're ready to push; the international team will need one more round.

Polish G1

"Both the route and us are ready for the summit attempt," the Polis team stated earlier this week. "We have already been 4 times on the mountain, established three camps and we consider the acclimatization process finished."

The team also describes another epic descent, this time from C3, involving Adam Bielecki, Janusz Gołąb and Ali Sadpara. All three were diagnosed with frostbite in various degree by the expedition doc; Adam reportedly also burned his toe from warming his foot over the stove.

This video shows the latest ascent with first glimpses of the top.

International team

Led by Gerfried Goschl the international team working a new route report relentless bad weather. Alex Txikon's home team mentioned that the Spaniards would try to carry some gear to C1 today. "They won't even try to spend the night there, weather conditions are too rough - they'll just leave the stuff and run back to BC. That is, if they can reach C1 at all."

Gerfried mentioned the team may need one more trip up to complete the acclimatization process.

Winter 2012 GI teams:

Polish GI winter team
Alex Txikon
Gerfried Göschl
Carlos Suarez blog

Polish climber in camp 3 mid February.
Image by Adam Bielecki courtesy Polish winter GI expedition 2012, SOURCE
A cold night in GI's C1 for Cedric Halen. Clip from a video on Servus TV.
courtesy Gerfried Goschl, SOURCE
Polish Janusz Golab at the Japanese Couloir.
Image by Adam Bielecki courtesy Polish winter GI expedition 2012, SOURCE
G1 summiteer Adam Bielecki followed up with a K2 summit this summer (one of the few without supplementary oxygen).
Image by Artur Hajzer courtesy Polish winter GI expedition 2012, SOURCE

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