Karakoram Winter Expedition 2010/2011 wrap-up: Climbers safely back in C3.

(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:

TNF journal
Simone Moro blog
Denis Urubko blog

* Simone Moro website: – http://www.simonemoro.com/

* Simone Moro on Facebook: – facebook.com/moro.simone

* Previous story :

Karakoram Winter Expedition 2010/2011 wrap-up: C3 on GII summit push, Thefts in BC, Polish climber to be evacuated.

Karakoram Winter Expedition 2010/2011 wrap-up: GII – Simone and Denis on summit push?

Karakoram Winter Expedition 2010/2011 wrap-up: Teams unite – All Polish climbers on BP, GI climbers enroute.

Karakoram Winter Expedition 2010/2011 wrap-up: C1 ready on BP, cache near C1 on GII.

Karakoram Winter Expedition 2010/2011: Polish secret on Nanga, news from GII.

Karakoram Winter Expedition 2010/2011: Broad Peak and GII teams hit BC.

Gasherbrum II Winter Expedition 2010/2011: Simone Moro’s latest news and thoughts.

Gasherbrum II Winter Expedition 2010/2011 – The Beginning.

Gasherbrum II Winter Expedition 2010/2011.

Polish winter expedition to Broad Peak 2010/11, part 15. Zimowa wyprawa PZA na Broad Peak 2010/11.

Winning teams to join the Karakoram winter games: Poles, Simone & Denis for GII for Broad Peak.

* Related Links :

Polish-Italian winter expedition to Shisha Pangma (8027m), 2005 /Version polish and english/

Polskie wyprawy zimowe w Himalaje.

Artur Hajzer: POLSKI HIMALAIZM ZIMOWY – Plan rozwoju.

HiMountain winter expedition to Broad Peak – 2008/09 – part 21. HiMountain wyprawa zimowa Broad Peak – 2008/09 – cz.21. /Version english and polish/

Ice Warriors not give up – HiMountain winter expedition to Broad Peak – 2008/09. HiMountain wyprawa zimowa Broad Peak – 2008/09. /Version english and polish/

– 2007 Winter Nanga Parbat: It’s over – http://www.mounteverest.net/news.php?id=15523

Polish winter expedition to K2, 2002/3 /Version polish and english/

Polish-Italian winter expedition to Shisha Pangma (8027m), 2005 /Version polish and english/

Winter Manifesto of Krzysztof Wielicki – Manifest zimowy Krzysztofa Wielickiego /Version polish and english/

Polish winter expedition 1980: Everest – part 1

Polish winter expedition 1980: Everest – part 2

Polish winter expedition 1980: Everest – part 3

Polish winter expedition 1980: Everest – part 4

* Polish Himalayas – Become a Fan

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