Broad Peak: Urubko and Bowie Aim to Summit on Saturday

Denis Urubko on Broad Peak. Photo: Denis Urubko

After two days of worrisome silence, Denis Urubko and Don Bowie are resting at Camp 2 on Broad Peak, after reaching 6,950m — above Camp 3 and near the bergschrund before the plateau. That’s good news, but our wait is not over.

According to, which broke the news, the climbers might use some old fixed ropes on the bergschund to access the plateau. From there, they will need to fix their route, so their summit day is likely Saturday, not tomorrow.

For now, though, Urubko and Bowie have safely returned to Camp 2 for the night.

The yellow dot shows the highest point reached by the climbers today. Urubko and Bowie have returned for the night to Camp 2, lower green point. Photo: Denis Urubko

Broad Peak has a two-kilometre-long summit ridge and it is a long way to the Central Peak. Their work is far from done.

The first (calendar) winter ascent of Broad Peak was on March 5 2013 by Poles Maciej Berbeka, Adam Bielecki, Tomas Kowalski and Artur Małek. However, Urubko believes that true (meteorological) winter starts on December 1 and finishes at the end of February. So by his standards, the first winter ascent of Broad Peak has yet to be done.

Should the pair succeed, they will still have time to try for the real, undisputed winter prize: K2.


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Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides

Senior journalist, published author and communication consultant. Specialized on high-altitude mountaineering, with an interest for everything around the mountains: from economics to geopolitics. After five years exploring distant professional ranges, I returned to ExWeb BC in 2018. Feeling right at home since then!

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1 year ago

This is so exiciting! Good luck to both