Russian team off to Nanga Parbat, route decided
Posted: Dec 22, 2014 06:58 pm EST
(Newsdesk/RussianClimb) The Russian team left for Pakistan today, to climb Schell route's variant on the Rupal side of Nanga Parbat, RussianClimb told Explorersweb.
The team hopes to get setup by ATP and start moving within only two days to a low BC (3600 m) set by a free-flowing stream of water. The climbing plan is: C1, C2, and C3 at about 7000 m, with summit push in a single run and a small tent between C3 and the top. The team is bringing only 500 meter of rope.
The Russians will meet few climbers on the frigid altitudes of winter Pakistan. Polish Tomek Mackiewicz has been acclimating in Rupal valley for some time now, hoping for a fast ascent of Nanga's Diamir face. French Elisabeth Revol and Daniele Nardi with two cameramen were expected to collect in Islamabad this week and attempt Mummery Rib. Nanga Parbat has not yet been winter-climbed so this is an exciting season building up, none the least for the extreme elements and brutal environment involved.
The mixed Russian-led K2 team had their climbing permits delayed by two weeks.
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