Joel: "You can see my light rack on the picture, and my bag (approx.15kg). The glacier may spit it out in many years :-) nothing valuable inside. I only bring a 55m static 5mm rope for abseil, for some possible solo rope leading technique, and for glacier progression. I left my 50m iceline 8mm here to go light. The G20 mono-point crampons are out as you can see."
Image by Joel Wischnewski courtesy Joel Wischnewski, SOURCE
Nanga Parbat weather at 4500 meter.
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Winter Nanga Parbat: Joel Wischnewski search February 21st & 22nd
Posted: Feb 23, 2013 01:24 pm EST
(Newsdesk) "When I look to the mountain, I don’t look to the summit and the way to get there," said Joel on January 22nd, "I just try to find a safe but brutal and technical way so that this experience will bring me peace."
Today Muhammad Ali sent over the latest about the search mission to ExplorersWeb. "The last two days (21st & 22nd) the HAP's unfortunately haven't been able to go up because of the bad weather conditions."
"We can only wait and hope for the conditions to improve very soon."
Nanga Parbat weather forecast: A moderate fall of snow, heaviest on Mon (25th) night. Temperatures will be well below freezing (max -10°C on Sun (24th) morning, min -15°C on Sat night). Winds increasing (light winds from the NNW on Sat afternoon, fresh winds from the SSW by Mon night).
Tuesday 26th - Thursday 28th: A heavy fall of snow, heaviest during Wed morning. Temperatures will be well below freezing (max -9°C on Fri morning, min -17°C on Wed night). Winds decreasing (strong winds from the SSW on Wed morning, light winds from the NW by Thu night).
Joel Wischnewski, from France, is a solo Winter Nanga Parbat climber and made his last journal entry entry on February 6th from Camp 2 where he planned to move up the S-E pillar.
Joel's Journal entry on January 22, 2013 (earlier C2):
"Hello. It’s Tuesday 22 January, and it’s probably one of my last posts. Tomorrow I should start a brutal climb. There’s a kind of security line that you can imagine here in C2. When you leave C2 you cross this line and you enter the savage world. It’s been fun to send you pictures and news all these days. I hope you enjoyed the pictures and stories. Thanks to explorersweb.com for following me, I love this website. I did not contact anybody before my expedition. Just ExplorersWeb so that mountain lovers and climbers could watch the winter conditions on the Rupal face. (Someone told me that Raheel Adnan is also following me very nicely, so thanks for the nice words)."
"I just climb to try to heal my spirit’s wounds, and for nothing else. When I look to the mountain, I don’t look to the summit and the way to get there. I just try to find a safe but brutal and technical way so that this experience will bring me peace. And I can only find this a few steps from death. Too many painful moments; love can be very destructive. The person that did not respected me, but more important did not respected the French law, should be facing up to 5 years prison and 75.000 Euros sanction taxes to the country."
"I was too destroyed to defend myself on court and choose instead to transform all this pain and violent darkness into something positive and beautiful. I’m glad to lay here, on Nanga Parbat, and still be alive to try to make something difficult and magical. My mind is totally ready, like if I closed my eyes and let me fall in complete trust and faith. Whatever I will find, this will be nice and positive to my soul. I never reached this level of engagement before."
"The only problem is that my body is still weak and fragile. I need to take care of it, like when you walk slowly with a child. I know that in the coming hours, my mind is going to see my body sink and fade away. Can I stop and come back before my body gives up? My mind is like a virus that survived everything and that nothing can stop now. Luckily my body is the anti-virus and keeps this wild thing under control xD"
"So if everything is OK tomorrow, I should climb to 5000m and check the route conditions over the falling glacier. I can’t see a 1000m section from here, and it’s a little technical and exposed. So a first check, and if the dangers are acceptable, I continue. Then straight to the top of the giant serac at 6200m. Maybe 2 camps to reach that spot. After this, left like Steve and Vince, or right (I can’t see this part from here). If I feel really good, I may try the wall…"
"You can see my light rack on the picture [image on the left], and my bag (approx.15kg). The glacier may spit it out in many years :-) nothing valuable inside. I only bring a 55m static 5mm rope for abseil, for some possible solo rope leading technique, and for glacier progression. I left my 50m iceline 8mm here to go light. The G20 mono-point crampons are out as you can see. Time for action."
Read more here about Joel's expedition and new route plan.
Read more here what he says about Why winter, why Nanga Parbat.
Muhammad Ali is Managing Director of Adventure Pakistan, Joel Wischnewski's trekking agency.
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