Polish Climbers Set Lofty Goals

MountEverest.net is reporting that climbing legend Piotr Pustelnik is coming out of retirement to join forces with Piotr Morawski and Peter Hamor, two other very accomplished Polish climbers, to go after the North-West Face of Annapurna. The trio plans to take the same route as the Czech team back in 1988. They’ll acclimatize on Ama Dablam, and then attempt Annapurna in one push.

As if that wasn’t enough, later in the year they’ll attempt a complete traverse of the Gasherbrums. The team will start by ascending GI along the traditional route, continuing on to Gasherbrum La, followed by Gasherbrum East, and on to GII and III. Finally, in 2009, the same “dream team” of Polish climbers will attempt all the “Broad Peaks”. Meaning they’ll start from Godwin Austen Glacier and end on Concordia.

Obviously these guys have plenty of experience in the Himalaya and will no doubt be successful in their climbs. But these sound like some impressive expeditions. The Gasherbrum and Broad Peak climbs should keep them busy for weeks at a time I would guess. It should certainly be interesting to follow their progress.

Kraig Becker

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