This autumn The North Face is celebrating the record-breaking first winter ascent of Gasherbrum II (8,035m / 26,362ft) in Pakistan with 'The North Face Speaker Series European Tour'. The North Face Speaker Series brings together the expedition team of Simone Moro, Denis Urubko and Cory Richards to tell their inspirational tale live to European audiences.
We have TWO pairs of VIP tickets + Goodie Bags to give away for the Speaker Series lecture in London on Thursday 17th November. Accommodation and travel are not included.
All you have to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org in the next 48 hours with the name of the peak that Simone Moro, Denis Urubko and Cory Richards are attempting next.
Departing after Christmas celebrations straight into the heavy winter conditions, Nanga Parbat, the last great mountain in the Himalaya, boasts the highest face in the world. A favourable summit bid, in pure alpine, light, fast style, will be dependant on a minimal weather window between end of January and March 2012. The North Face® three-man expedition team hailing from three continents - Simone Moro (ITA), Denis Urubko (KAZ) and Cory Richards (USA) – are famous for the first winter ascent of 8,025m Gasherbrum II (GII) in Karakoram, Pakistan, in February 2011.
Leader of the expedition is renowned Italian alpinist and The North Face® athlete, Simone Moro, who, with over 40 expedition achievements to his name, including eleven in winter, has paved the alpine history books with the first winter ascents of Cerro Mirador (1993); Marble Wall (2001); 8000m Shisha Pangma (2005); and, the historic summit of the 8,481m Nepali peak, Makalu (2009); and 8,025m Gasherbrum II (2011).
Accompanying Moro is decade-long climbing partner and mountaineering stalwart, Kazakh Denis Urubko. Urubko, who partnered Moro in Gasherbrum II, Makalu, Shisha Pangma and Marble Wall, has summited each of the world's fourteen 8000m peaks without oxygen, including opening new routes. Experienced by GII, American climber and outdoor photographer, Cory Richards, will not only climb alongside Moro and Urubko, but aims to capture the expedition's key moments digitally.
Located in the Gilgit-Baltistan province of Pakistan, Nanga Parbat is the 9th highest mountain in the world and the second highest peak in Pakistan. First climbed by an Austrian alpinist, Hermann Buhl on July 3rd 1953. Nanga Parbat is also known as 'Killer Mountain' being one of the most deadly 8000ers, having claimed many lives between 1930-1953 and in recent decades. It is considered one of the most seriously difficult to climb and has been the most attempted 8,000mer peak in winter since 1990.
Follow exclusive expedition highlights as Moro, Urubko & Richards tell their story of life at base camp, preparing for the Nanga Parbat summit, on the following link: