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The eagle has landed: Simone La Terra in Pakistan ready for Nanga's winter

Posted: Nov 26, 2007 04:45 am EST

(K2Climb.net) No 8000ers in Pakistan have been climbed in winter yet - and this season only two lonely Italians and their Pakistan climbing partners will give the 'impossible' a shot.

Simone Moro is planning for his return to Broad Peak while Simone La Terra is in Islamabad, ready for mighty Nanga Parbat.

"I will attempt the Diamir face," the unknown climber told ExWeb's Karrar Haidri. "I'll start the ascent on 21st December," he said during the Friday briefing at Alpine Club of Pakistan.

The Italian mountaineer scaled Broad Peak this summer, and has chosen Mehrban Karim, a strong Hunza climber, for partner on the upcoming Nanga Parbat attempt. Mehrban climbed Nanga Parbat in 2005 and has also scaled Gasherbrum II.

Simone says that he hasn't encountered any problems during the current state of emergency in Pakistan. "Pakistan is a beautiful country, he said, "I want to climb all the 8000+ peaks there and hope to become the first to manage a winter ascent."

None of Pakistans 8000ers (K2, Nanga Parbat, Broad Peak, GI, and GII) have been summited in winter. In Nepal, only Makalu still remains unclimbed during the cold season. This year, Pakistans government is continuing the reduced winter climbing fee of a nominal five percent.

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Image of Simone (left) with his climbing mate Mehrban (right). Click to enlarge.
Simone and his outfitter Sadar ud Din (right). Images courtesy of Karrar Haidri, ExWeb Pakistan.