8000 Meters Facts
HiMountain Nanga Parbat Winter Expedition 2006/2007:
The team members are currently being selected. Jacek Berbeka (4
eightthousanders) is one of them. The team doctor will be Robert Szymczak – a
young generation climber – a participant of expeditions to Nepal and Pakistan
– recently to Passu Sar. He is a mountain rescuer and a scientist specialising
in high mountain medicine. The Pakistani climbers will probably be: Hassan
Sadpara – a summitteer of all the 5 Pakistani eightthousanders and Rasool from
the Machalu village (3 eightthousanders). Apart from that we are assembling a
reserve team in case one of the main team members had to give the expedition
up for independent reasons. The person to become the first volunteer on the
unfortunate “waiting list” is Marcin Hennig – a young generation climber – the
first Polish Snow Leopard, i.e. a summitteer of all the 5 seventhousanders of
the former USSR.
DECISION HAS BEEN REACHED
"...For if not, ..... then we will have
to put our shoulders to the wheel and as they are rather old ones, they do not
guarantee that our goal will be reached. Ahead of You (or ahead of us) there
is K-2, Makalu, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum I and Gasherbrum II , Broad Peak..."
This is the way Krzysztof Wielicki finished his winter Manifesto in 2002
and...........the prophecy is coming true.
It was Krzysztof Wielicki’s and Jan Szulc’s initiative to organise the 5th
Polish winter expedition to Nanga Parbat.
Krzysztof Wielicki - leader
Szulc -the deputy expedition leader
The team is leaving on 5th December 2006. Earlier (October,
November) the participants will be acclimatising in Nepal on Ama Dablam.
The expedition is possible thanks to the support of the energy concern EDF
(Electricité de France) and the Himountain brand and is organized
by Mountaineering Club Trojmiasto.
On 16th September in Podlesice there was an organisational meeting for
the expedition participants. The responsibilities were distributed and
opinions about the strategy and tactics were exchanged. The choice of
route took a long time to discuss, yet it was not decided whether the
expedition would be ascending via the Diamir face (Kinshofer’s route) or
via the Rupal face (Schell’s route).
The initiative group are discussing the expedition
From the left: K. Tarasewicz, D. Załuski, J. Szulc, A.Hajzer, K.Wielicki,
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