The Polish team is all set to push for the summit in a few days to clinch the unprecedented winter climb of the Gasherbrum-1 in the Gasherbrum Massif, Karakorum, Pakistan.
The two competitors, the Poles and the International team led by Gerfried
Goschl, are locked in a fierce battle to summit the 8,080m peak for the first winter ascent and apparently Poles have now completed their final acclimatisation drills and are heading for the final push for the summit. The International Team has still some considerable work to do to catch up the mighty Poles.
The Transmitted Message Said:
“We have established camp 3 and we are ready for summit attempt. However, for 7 days we have been sitting in the base camp and we already know that weather conditions are going to be unfavourable for the next 7 days. Wind blows with 100 km/h at 7,000 m above sea level. Most likely the conditions will not change till the end of February. We have to arm ourselves with patience – it is not easy – and wait this situation through. If weather forecasts change, we will let you know”.
Adam Bielecki, Janusz Gołąb and Sadpara have accosted severe frostbites and are currently under treatment by the expedition Doctor. Adam reportedly also burned his toe from warming his foot over the stove.
Meanwhile Goschl has reported that the team still needs another round of acclimatisation before they will pitch for the final push. Karl Gable, the weather guru in Austria, has not given any encouraging news regarding the weather conditions in the coming week and the two teams will have to rely on the short weather windows they may come across.
“They won’t even try to spend the night there, weather conditions are too rough – they’ll just leave the stuff and run back to BC. That is, if they can reach C1 at all.”