Having received news of further heavy snow in the coming week from Innsbruck-based meteorologist Karl Gabl, alpinists Simone Moro (ITA) and Denis Urubko (KAZ) took the very difficult decision to stop their expedition and return home. The team will wait in the heart of the storm for approximately four days until porters arrive
Nanga Parbat is the ninth highest mountain on Earth, the second highest mountain in Pakistan with a summit elevation of 8,125 meters.
Nanga Parbat means "Naked Mountain" and it's also called the "Killer Mountain", Nanga Parbat was known to be one of the deadliest of the eight-thousand meter mountains; It is a dramatic peak that rises far above its surrounding terrain, and no one has ever reached the summit in Winter.
NANGA PARBAT CLIMBING HISTORY:
- - 1895 First attempt (A. Mummery)
- - 1953 Nanga Parbat first climb along Rakiot Face, Herman Buhl in a solo summit push.
- - 1962 Second climb on Diamir Face (Kinshofer)
- - 1970 Reinhold and Gùnter Messner climbed the Rupal face and descent the Diamir face
- - 1978 Solo climb of a new route along the Diamir face (Reinhold Messner)
- - 2005 New route in alpine style Rupal face (S.House e V. Anderson)
After their first winter ascents of Gasherbrum II, The North Face® Expedition Team is getting ready for the next project: the first winter ascent of Nanga Parbat 8125 meters.
This Expedition will feature only Simone Moro and Denis Urubko without Cory Richards; the third of the trio on the last GII winter ascent.
The aim of the expedition is to realize the first winter ascent of Nagna Parbat 8125 meters, a mountain also known with the name of "killer mountain" due to the difficulties and the tragedies happened during the attempts to conquer the summit between 1930 and 1953. Also after that years a lot of fatalities involved alpinists of different nationalities on Nanga Parbat.
Their motivations and commitments to make the summit remains unshaken, they keep their patience and wait for the right weather window, they send updates to us every day, while we wait with them in moral support.
In this video dispatch, The North Face Alpinists; Simone Moro and Denis Urubko face bad weather conditions that stalls the planned summit push. The conditions are getting worse and the boys are getting even more anxious after over one month in basecamp.
…On a day like this you have to be optimistic.. but unfortunately reality is different. It will start snowing again tomorrow afternoon and it seems like it will go on for a week. The wind on the summit today is very strong.
The persistent snow conditions have left the boys faced with a potential complete restart of the whole process as all the tracks they have made in the acclimatization phase and the entire mountain is now covered by heavy snow.