A late update today from K2Climb.net on the ongoing Winter climb on Broad Peak. Yesterday we heard that the team was making their summit push despite high winds and -40 degree temperatures. What a difference a day can make however, as the latest word is that the summit push is over and Simone Moro, Shaheen Baig, and Qudrat Ali have returned to base camp.
The weather report predicted that the winds would exceed 120km/hour over the next few days, making an already dangerous climb that much more challenging. Simone called the weather “strange” in his latest dispatch, but he also promises “we will try again”, indicating that he and his team are not ready to give up just yet. They climbed as high as 6000m before turning back for BC.
For now, Broad Peak remains unclimbed in the Winter. Simone has certainly given it his all over the past two years, and he’s not ready to give up just yet. He, Shaheen and Qudrat are hoping to claim the first Winter ascent anywhere in the Karakorum, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to come easy. They’ll wait a few more days to see what the weather does before scheduling their next attempt.
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