-46°C = Winter on Gasherbrum II Fri Night Vid

© Cory Richards
Gasherbrum II Winter Expedition  © Cory Richards
Gasherbrum II Winter Expedition
© Cory Richards

Back on the 14th of Jan we reported that Simone Moro, Denis Urubk and Cory Richards are currently attempting a winter alpine style ascent of Gasherbrum II.

The expedition has been going according to plan and Simone wrote on the 26th of Jan on the North Face Journal:

"We just returned to Base Camp after 3 nights and 4 days of hard work on the mountain. Last night was the coldest -46 ° C. We have had great difficulty in reaching the technical field 2. C1 we spent two days, having to set up a bivouac at 6250. Unbelievable, for 250 yards a day! But the difficulties and dangers were high and we had to proceed carefully. Now all the acclimatization phase is over and the next round will be groped for the summit.

We will need strength and acceptable weather. After 16 days of arrival at base camp, to be already thinking about the summit does not seem true. But there are still 1500 meters to climb over to Camp 2. Do not scare me because in the winter Makalu, it was 1700 and with Denis we went to the top.

We'll see, we have time to even think of failure and lay on the first try and adjust the shot to the second. Now I go to bed because I'm tired. Tomorrow I will send you a Hello video.

Simone & friends"

As well as the 'Hello Video' which is great viewing, we have a new longer video dispatch from the team - both videos are below.

VIDEO: Hello from 6500m!: GII Winter Expedition: Getting ready for the final summit push

VIDEO: GII Winter Expedition | Dispatch #3 | The Cold Welcome

PHOTOS: Gasherbrum II

Gasherbrum II Winter Expedition  © Cory Richards
Gasherbrum II Winter Expedition
© Cory Richards

Gasherbrum II Winter Expedition  © Cory Richards
Gasherbrum II Winter Expedition
© Cory Richards

The Expedition is sponsored by The North Face

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28 Jan, 2011
What are the green flags on canes for?
28 Jan, 2011
To mark the route, gear caches, and where old fixed ropes are found.
28 Jan, 2011
They are arrows Will. You attach the rope to one of them then fire it from your bow. The arrow goes over the mountain with the rope. Then you can pull yourself up the rope to the top of the mountain. I saw it in a film with Styllvester Stalone. Or they are snow trail markers. You force a way through the snow and plonk a snow trail marker every 50m or so. Then you go back to your tent at the bottom of the mountain. The next day you follow the green markers to the top of the mountain - greenpoint style.
28 Jan, 2011
No wonder they're only covering 250 yards per day, they should invest in some new light weight axes! :-) SDB
29 Jan, 2011
Jolly good. Thank Christ they're not rap bolting.
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