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The New York Times Takes A Look at Climbing K2 in Winter.

It’s not often that mountaineering gets good coverage by the mainstream media, let along the paper of record. But, this past weekend, The New York Times took an in-depth look at what it takes to climb K2, the second highest mountain on the planet, during the winter – something that has yet to be accomplished.

The story in The Times introduces readers to a team of Polish climbers who are preparing to take on “the world’s most lethal mountain” this coming winter. The story does a good job of not only providing readers with a sense of history for Polish winter climbing in the Himalaya, but also the sense of pride and accomplishment that has come along with the impressive feats that those climbers have accomplished in the past. For them, there is only one big challenge yet to be conquered during the coldest months of the year, and that’s K2.

Readers get a sense of what it is like to climb a major Himalayan peak during the winter months, when cold conditions and howling winds can leave alpinists stuck inside their tents for days on end, waiting for a proper weather window just to go out and acclimatize, let alone make a summit push. It is a harsh and unforgiving environment that has crushed the dreams of many climbing teams, and has left far too many men and women dead in its wake. Add that to the fact that K2 is already one of the most difficult and dangerous mountains on the planet, and you begin to understand why it is such a crazy endeavor.

The New York Times story is quite extensive, and an excellent read for those of us who already have a sense of what it takes to climb a big mountain in winter as well as those being introduced to the concept for the very first time. I’m sure more than a few readers were left wondering why anyone would want to do this at all, but if you read this blog with any kind of regularity, chances are you’ve already moved beyond that question.

Winter is still quite a few months off yet, so its hard to think about it too much at the moment. But, it will also be here before we know it, and the Polish team is busy preparing, plotting, and training to get ready. Once they get underway, you can bet we’ll be following their progress closely. Until then, you’ll just have to read the article to get ready for the challenge they face.

Autor : Kraig Becker

* source: – The New York Times Takes A Look at Climbing K2 in Winter

** see also: – Polish famous climbers – The golden decade of Polish Himalayan mountaineering.

 

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Men’s Journal Names the 25 Most Adventurous Women of the Past 25 Years.

Here’s another list for those of you who enjoy these articles. This time, it comes our way from the good folks over at Men’s Journal, and it names the 25 most adventurous women of the past 25 years, giving us a look at a group of ladies who are tough, determined, and downright inspiring too.

Each profile of the ladies includes a few paragraphs about why they are deserving of a spot on the list, as well as a brief rundown of their noteworthy accomplishments. These women are explorers, pioneers, athletes, and activist, and in most cases they are all of those at once. I have written about the exploits of many of them right here on this very blog, with more than a few pulling off some of the most daring and impressive accomplishments we’ve seen in the outdoor world.

So who made the cut? As usual, I won’t spoil the list too much, but I will reveal a couple of the women who earned a place on MJ’s honor roll. That list includes the likes of polar explorer Sarah McNair-Landry, Nepali climber Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita, and Appalachian Trail hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis. They’re joined on the round-up by filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow and mountaineer Melissa Arnot Reid, just to hame a few.

To find out who else is part of this hall of fame, and to learn more about the ladies mentioned above, check out the full article by clicking here. Chances are, you’ll come away with a few new heroes to follow and a lot of respect for some of the most impressive women who are out their pushing the boundaries of what is possible.

Autor : Kraig Becker

* source: – Men’s Journal Names the 25 Most Adventurous Women of the Past 25 Years

** see also:https://himalman.wordpress.com/category/video/

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25th Grand Finale GOCC – another record beaten!

Two months ago, on January the 15th, we have played in a Grand Finale – people have joined in to support Polish public healthcare for the 25th time! This year we decided to use the funds to purchase equipment for general paediatrics and to ensure that the senior patients receive medical care in a dignified environment. This anniversary fundraiser took a tour around the world – for one day only people came together in locations as remote as Jakarta, China, New Zealand, the Caucasus and the US to raise funds and to build a community of volunteers and socially aware individuals.

Thank you!

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37th anniversary of the first Everest winter ascent.

February 17, 1980 – First winter ascent by Andrzej Zawada’s team from Poland: Leszek Cichy and Krzysztof Wielicki.

This was also the first winter summit of any of the world’s fourteen 8000 metre peaks.

Completed in 1980 by a team of phenomenally rugged Polish climbers, this ascent was led by … Leszek Cichy and Krzysztof Wielicki reached the summit on February 17.

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Krzysztof Wielicki and Leszek Cichy celebrate winning Mount Everest in Winter.

You can see ..

Krzysztof Wielicki – detailed diary of First winter ascent of Mount Everest, Please click the links below :

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

** I invite you to relationships with expeditions Polish mountaineers.

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25th Grand Finale GOCC – Where to Watch Us?

The Grand Finale is the ultimate charity fete and to our knowledge it is the largest charity event in this part of Europe. The one day event is happening silmultaneously in different parts of the globe. This Sunday the sun is not going to set over our fundraiser. The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity is going to be playing in Australia and in Japan. We have received news from volunteers in Georgia and updates from Collection Centres across Europe and the US.

Fot. Błażej Sendzielski

Fot. Błażej Sendzielski

 

Read on to find out where to tune in to watch the Grand Finale events unfold! 

The Grand Finale events are going to be broadcast nationwide on the channels belonging to TVN Network and online on Player.pl

Apart from the TV broadcast on TVN channels, we invite you to tune in to watch the Grand Finale events on the GOCC Youtube channel. Concerts from the stage in front of the Palace of Culture and Sciences will be broadcast on Kręcioła Youtube channel.

**  Source : – http://www.en.wosp.org.pl/aktualnosci/gdzie-obejrzec-transmisje-finalu-wosp

* Office of GOCC on the world :

Bergen – https://www.facebook.com/propterfamilia

Berlin – URL: http://www.wosp-berlin.de/

Bruksela – http://www.wosp.be/

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25th Grand Finale with Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity.

1. Thank you for playing with us!

We would like to thank you for you charitable contributions and support, which allow us to continue our work. You can make donations all year round – the funds raised this way will enable us to finance our medical and educational programmes, or you can choose to contribute in aid of a Grand Finale fundraiser and its concrete aim, such as previously specified branch of children’s medicine or help offered to geriatric units in Polish hospitals.

  • You can donate directly into our account in aid of the 25th Grand Finale fundraiser aim – 90 1240 10 37 1111 0010 7046 7977
  • If you would like to make a transfer from abroad you should use:  SWIFT Code PKO PPL PW, IBAN: PL 90 1240 1037 1111 0010 7046 7977 

* source: –http://www.en.wosp.org.pl/final/wesprzyj

* see – Extremalna noc w górach z Andrzejem Bargielem.

Bergen – https://www.facebook.com/propterfamilia

Berlin – URL: http://www.wosp-berlin.de/

Bruksela – http://www.wosp.be/

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