(Angela Benavides) Finally, there’s further good news from Gasherbrum II: “We’ve found our tent in this terrible storm. That’s all. Tomorrow descent to BC. Thanks for the support,” Denis Urubko has just texted.
Denis’ SMS was sent at around 4.00pm, Pakistan time – almost five hours after the Kazakh climber, together with Italian Simone Moro and Canadian Cory Richards achieved the first winter summit ever on a Pakistan 8000er.
The team reached the top in extremely tough conditions according to Alex Txikon, currently in BC. Alex explained that the weather had turned for the worse while the climbers where still on their way up. Nevertheless, the three men reached the top of GII around 11.45am, local time, and started descending in the storm.
Further details are expected as soon as the climbers safely reach back Base Camp.
History in the making
Besides the first Pakistan 8000er winter summit ever achieved, this is Simone’s third winter 8000er first after Shisha Pangma and Makalu, and Denis’ second (Simone and him teamed up on Makalu, which they summited on Feb 9, 2009). Cory Richards, already seasoned in Nepal’s winter 6000ers, has bagged his first 8000er in the coldest time of the year.
Links to Winter GII summiteers’ websites:
* Simone Moro website: – http://www.simonemoro.com/
* Simone Moro on Facebook: – facebook.com/moro.simone
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