Poles are known for their expertise as the winter specialists of 8000ers. They are known for their understanding of the Karakorum with two of the five winter 8000ers on their belt including G-1 and Broad Peak.
With the summit success at Nanga Parbat in February 2016, K2 now stands as the single most coveted trophy in Winter Alpinism and inarguably one of the toughest. With just three attempts on K2 compared to more than 30 attempts on Nanga, amply describes the magnitude of this challenge.
“If ever there had been a team that could pull K2 winter off, it was this Russian team of Giants,” said the renowned Dutch climber Bob A. Schelfhout Aubertijn.
Gorelik caught pneumonia after making a deposit at 7000m in the middle of a Jet Stream and passed away at the base camp.