Denis Urubko grinning at winter Nanga Parbat. The climbers flatten and bury their tents to protect gear from hard winds. Image by Denis Urubko courtesy Denis Urubko, SOURCE
With Simone Moro (right) in a frigid high camp. The men bring the frozen and wet sleeping bags down to BC each time to dry, and then carry them back up again. courtesy Simone Moro, SOURCE
Tight squeeze in camp 2. Image by Simone Moro courtesy Simone Moro, SOURCE
The trek to camp 2 in a blizzard. "Few people have been on the north cwm of the Diamir glacier before so for lack of information, we have to truly discover it, like real explorers," Denis said. Image by Matteo Zanga courtesy Winter Nanga Parbat expedition, SOURCE
The route's lower sections include a treacherous icefall. "Every step is new and interesting. We are searching for a route and a new chance every day." Image by Matteo Zanga courtesy Winter Nanga Parbat expedition, SOURCE
The coveted Nanga Parbat, in winter, as seen from BC. Starting on the glacier at 4400 meters Simone and Denis are belayed to each other at every step. Image by Matteo Zanga courtesy Winter Nanga Parbat expedition, SOURCE
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(Tina Sjogren/edited 10:56 pm) "Will the recent Gasherbrum II winter victory prove a Karakoram dream mile - considered impossible until broken and then followed by many in short time?" we asked in a poll last year. "No," said you. The ExplorersWeb community didn't expect any of the other expeditions to make it, and they didn't. The GII summiteers were a dream team, and now they are back for more (Ed: note the new Poll). With four winter firsts*, only late Polish legend Kukuczka is ahead of Italian Simone Moro. Russian-born...