Laila Peak Summit Push Underway

Young Polish climbers Bartek Ziemski (centre) and Marco Szwidergall (right) with a member of the BC crew. Photo: Fundacja Wspierania Alpinizmu Polskiego im. Jerzego Kukuczki

The Polish team is heading for the summit of Laila Peak tonight. The climbers include winter Gasherbrum I summiter Janusz Gołąb and young climbers Marco Szwidergall and Bartek Ziemski.  Expedition leader Jerzy Natkański remains in Base Camp.

The expedition, organized by the Kukuczka Foundation, is part of a winter 8,000m program intended to culminate in a no-O2 ascent of K2, possibly next winter.

The summit push on Laila comes one day after the Polish climbing community commemorated the 21st anniversary of the first winter climb on an 8,000m peak. On February 17, 1980, Leszek Cichy and Krzysztof Wielicki reached the summit of Everest. Read more about that feat and the Polish Winter Warriors’ illustrious history at Make sure your Google Translate is well-oiled.


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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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