Adam Bielecki and Felix Berg make First Ascent of Gasherbrum II West Face

A Polish-German team consisting of Adam Bielecki and Felix Berg have summitted Gasherbrum II in the Karakoram, making what is arguably the first ascent of the true west face. The first ascent on the west face was in 1975 (Onyszkiewicz, Zdzitowiecki) who entered from the left side of the face (NW). In 1995, Carsolio entered the right side of the wall (SW). Also climbing on this expedition, team members Jacek Czech (POL) returned to base camp from 7500m and Borys Dedeszko (KAZ) retired at 7800m.

Gasherbrum II ascent topo., 179 kb
Gasherbrum II ascent topo.
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Following a Twitter interaction with Polish commentator @dominobb, Adam realised that the line taken was in fact distinct from the 1975 ascent.

Adam and Jacek are now resting at base camp and preparing to attempt the unclimbed G7. A further goal of the expedition was to attempt the unclimbed eastern wall of GIV, but it appears that conditions have caused the team to change plans. Speaking to in an interview, Adam commented:

'It seems that it would be very problematic to approach the eastern wall of the GIV, due to the large amount of snow on the so-called Italian icefall. Unfortunately, the Italian climber Maurizio Giordano died there (as a result of the serwa breaking up) - this of course had a depressing effect on us. Taking this into account, it seems to me that our next goal will be GVII.'

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