Denis Urubko Calls Off Rakhiot Peak

Rakhiot Peak, one of the points along the Nanga Parbat massif, has proved tough for Denis Urubko, his wife Pipi Cardell, and good friend Maksim Berngard. The team reached base camp on November 6 for an off-season attempt on the 7,070m summit.

“We are calling the ascent off at 5,100m,” Urubko told Desnivel. “Avalanche risk and crevasses made the climb too dangerous: Maksim fell in one and hurt his foot, and Pipi [Cardell] is sick,” Urubko texted. He noted that they’re already on their way back to town.

Denis Urubko and Maksim Berngard on Rakhiot peak. Photo: Pipi Cardell/Desnivel

Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides is a college-graduated journalist specializing in high-altitude mountaineer and expedition news. She has been writing about climbing and mountaineering, adventure and outdoor sports for 20+ years.

Prior to that, Angela Benavides spent time at/worked at a number of local and international media. She is also experienced in outdoor-sport consultancy for sponsoring corporations, press manager and communication executive, and a published author.