Winter Nanga Parbat: Joel Wischnewski search February 20th

Posted: Feb 21, 2013 05:11 am EST

(Newsdesk) After Joel's rescue team returned from Camp 2 to Base Camp due to bad weather, they went up again on February 20th, reported Muhammad Ali to ExplorersWeb. "they went above Camp 1 but did not find anything, no tent, no food or any equipment has been found so far."

"It is difficult to search because Joel climbed in alpine style so therefore no trace has been left behind."

"The team will try to climb higher tomorrow (21st) if the weather permits."

According to a Nanga Parbat weather forecast the prediction is heavy snowfall, heaviest during Sat (23rd) morning. Extremely cold (max -12°C on Thu (21st) morning, min -16°C on Wed night). Winds decreasing (fresh winds from the SW on Thu morning, calm by Sat afternoon).

A moderate fall of snow, heaviest on Sun morning. Temperatures will be well below freezing (max -10°C on Sun morning, min -15°C on Mon night). Winds increasing (calm on Sat night, strong winds from the SSW by Tue (26th) night).

Joel Wischnewski, from France, is a solo Winter Nanga Parbat climber and made his last journal entry entry on February 6th.

Muhammad Ali is Managing Director of Adventure Pakistan, Joel Wischnewski's trekking agency.

Read more here about Joel's expedition and new route plan.

Read more here what he says about Why winter, why Nanga Parbat.



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Joel January 14th: "My well protected C1. Protection tested successfully last night… [...] The roof of the tent starts to dance, the walls make huge transformations. The noise is now just pure brutality. Everything inside the tent bounce, the ground is shaking heavily. I try to look where my clothes are but know it’s too late to do anything. I plunge and lay flat, with my body making a cross to maximize floating surface and trying to hold the corners of my tent. And I wait for the death impact..
Image by Joel Wischnewski courtesy Joel Wischnewski, SOURCE
Sunset from Camp 1 (posted Jan 18th). Joel: "The view from C1. The Herrligkoffer BC site on the left, the Bazhin glacier, and the beginning of Latobo BC on the right. Beautiful."
Image by Joel Wischnewski courtesy Joel Wischnewski, SOURCE