Gasherbrum II - Southwest Ridge - 2011
Simone Moro, Cory Richards and Denis Urubko have made the first winter ascent of Gasherbrum II in the Karakoram, Pakistan
First winter ascent of Gasherbrum II ( 8035m )
2 February 2011
Climbed by Simone Moro, Cory Richards, Denis Urubko
Simone Moro, Cory Richards and Denis Urubko have made the first winter ascent of Gasherbrum II in the Karakoram, Pakistan. They reached the summit via the normal route up the southwest ridge in a three-day push from base camp.
This is the first winter ascent of an 8000m peak in Pakistan. The previous best effort on a Pakistan 8000er in winter was the legendary near-ascent of Broad Peak in 1988 by the Polish climber Maciej Berbeka. Climbing fast and alone, he believed he had reached the summit. But visibility was poor, and he subsequently realised that he had in fact reached the foresummit, 20m lower than the main summit (American Alpine Journal 1989, p243).
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Gasherbrum II in the Ascent Book
First ascent of Gasherbrum II
Gasherbrum II, Gilgit-Baltistan , Pakistan
N 35° 45′ 28.3176″ W 76° 39′ 10.5912″