A team of climbers from Nepal made history with a successful winter ascent to the second peak in the world, K2, led by Nirmal Purja.
A group of Sherpas (a term borrowed from an ethnic group whose members lead expeditions to the top of the Himalayas) had a life challenge because no one had successfully completed the ascent of the cruel mountain peak of K2 during the winter. At the end of the climb, the Sherpas paused 70 meters below the 8,611-meter-high peak, waiting for all other participants in the expedition before climbing to the summit on the border between China and Pakistan, the only peak above 8,000 meters. it was never conquered during the winter.
The inaccessibility of the top was the biggest obstacle – in the winter months, the surface is completely frozen, with steep slopes and cliffs, but also a very strong wind. He managed to overcome all that led by a team Nirmal Purj, a mountaineer and former Gurka soldier.
Purca, a former Gurka special and British soldier, led a team that set a world record where everyone thought the mission was impossible. So far, this has been considered the last world mountaineering challenge, which was finally overcome on January 16 at 5 pm local time.
-What an adventure. I am proud to say that as a team we managed to conquer the amazing K2 in extreme winter conditions. We have made the impossible possible, we are honored to be able to share this with the world, and not just with the Nepalese mountaineering community, this is a dedication to all the mountaineering teams of the world- he said at the end of the Purca expedition, and all marked the feat by singing the official anthem of Nepal together.
–Mother Nature always has some important things to tell us, and now we have witnessed her strength and her extremes, we are proud to be a part of human history, we have shown that teamwork, cooperation and a positive mental approach can push the boundaries of the possible and endurance. Thank you all for your help, thank you people for the support they sent us from all over the world. This gave us an extra boost of confidence to make the goal a reality. added Purja.
So far, only during July or August, there were expeditions to K2, because those are the warmest periods of the year at this peak. Only 280 people have come to K2 so far in that period. For the sake of comparison, 3,681 mountaineers came to the top of Everest. A large number of expeditions tried to conquer the peak by 2018, and often the Pakistani army had to come to the aid of helicopters, in search of missing mountaineers, and almost two decades ago, Denis Urubko and Marcin Kachkan reached the farthest, up to 7,750 meters on the ascent to K2.
Avalanches, ice and technical problems have always been an obstacle to the top – the wind can blow up to 200 kilometers per hour, with temperatures up to 60 degrees below zero. This time, all the problems from low temperatures to cliffs were overcome by Purja and nine other members of the team – “Cruel Mountain” was defeated, as Charles Houston and Robert Bates called the top of the Karakorum mountain range in 1953 in their book about the expedition.
Source: HotSport – Najnovije sportske vesti – Sve na jednom mestu by hotsport.rs.
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