Monday, January 1, 2018

Polish Climbers set off for first winter ascent of K2

A group of Polish mountaineers have set off to attempt a possible first ever winter assent of K2, the savage Mountain, at 8,611 meters (28,251 feet) above mean sea level.

While K2 is known for its atrocious weather around it and the difficulty to climb, all successful attempts have been made during the summers mostly in month of July. K2 was first climbed by two Italians on 31 July 1954. More than 70 people have perished in attempting to stand atop the second highest mountain after Mt. Everest. 

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

Wielicki told Reuters that his team would begin their ascent on Jan. 8 or 9 and, if successful, expect to return to base camp by mid-March.

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