Poles to attempt winter K2 summit

Source:Reuters Published: 2018/1/1 18:48:39

A group of Polish mountaineers set off for northern Pakistan on Sunday to start an attempt to be the first to scale K2, the world's second highest peak, in wintertime.

K2, in the Karakorum Mountains, is notorious for high winds, steep and icy slopes - and high fatality rates for climbers. In winter months, scant snowfall means the summit approach can turn into bare ice.

More than 70 people have died climbing the peak, many of them at the Bottleneck, where a wrong step can send a climber hurtling off the South Face, where bodies are unlikely to be recovered.

Team member Adam Bielecki, 34, said the chance to make history is a "strong motivation" for the Polish group.

Polish climbers have written a "beautiful chapter" of exploring peaks of more than 8,000 meters, and scaling K2 in winter would be "the last chapter of this book."

The Polish team comprises 13 mountaineers led by Krzysztof Wielicki, 67, who in 2003 headed a winter expedition of K2, which was unable to clear the 8,000 meter threshold.



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