(Newsdesk Update Mar 05, 2013 09:21 am EST) They did it! Maciej Berbeka, Adam Bielecki, Artur Małek, Tomasz Kowalski bagged the first Winter Broad Peak.
"Summit captured between 17.30 to 18.00 local time. All four climbers of the summit team made the First Winter ascent of Broad Peak 8047m," reported Artur Hajzer, Leader of the Polish Himalayan Winter 2010 - 2015.
More news will be possible when they speak to the team after arriving at Base Camp, which is scheduled for 6.03, says Artur.
Congratulations to the team and extended team!
(Ed note: Update Mar 05, 2013 09:21 am EST:)
Just to get this into perspective by Bob A. Schelfhout Aubertijn
"Adam Bielecki made the summit of Broad Peak [today, 2013.03.05] and it is his third Pakistani 8000er within the space of one year, two of which are First Winter Ascents; Gash I [FWA] on 2012.03.09, K2 on 2012.07.31, Broad Peak [FWA] on 2013.03.05."
"Maciej Berbeka made the summit of Broad Peak [today, 2013.03.05] and it is his third First Winter Ascent; Manaslu [FWA] on 1984.01.12 with Ryszard Gajewski, Cho Oyu [FWA] on 1985.02.12 with Maciej Pawlikowski, and now Broad Peak [FWA] on 2013.03.05."
"It is the twelfth 8000er to be summited in winter, of which this is the tenth that was claimed as a FWA with Polish climbers involved, and the ninth as a FWA exclusively by Polish climbers!"
Mountain team leader Krzysztof Wielicki is at Base Camp with Shaheen Baig and Amin Ullah. Karim Hayyat was waiting at 7400m for the summit team.
Broad Peak links:
Polish on FB
Polish winter climbing news
Polish 2012-13 Broad Peak route
Winter expedition of Polish Mountaineering Association to Broad Peak - topo of the route to the summit
Broad Peak weather
Polish support agency: Jasmine Tours Pakistan
Polish Winter Broad Peak 2012-13: Maciej and Adam leading
Winter Nanga Parbat: Joel Wischnewski search February 21st & 22nd
Winter permits, calendar climbs and more: 2004 ExWeb series revisit
Winter 8000ers: Statistics recall
Himalaya winter games: list of expeditions is up
Best of ExplorersWeb 2012 Awards Winner: Gasherbrum I First Winter Ascent
Mountaineering, the next generation: Artur Hajzer speaks from Lhotse
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Polish debrief of a different K2 season
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