Video: Documentary On The First Winter Ascent Of Broad Peak

In March of this year, the Polish climbing team of Maciej Berbeka, Adam Bielecki, Tomasz Kowalski and Artur Malek completed the first winter ascent of of Broad Peak, a mountain in Pakistan’s Karakoram range that stands 8051 meters (26,414 ft) in height. After topping out, Berbeka and Kowalski were separated from their partners on the descent and ended up disappearing on the mountain.

What happened to them remains a mystery. The video below is a half-hour long documentary on that historic and tragic climb. It is in Polish with English subtitles and does a great job of showing what a major expedition – in winter no less – is like on the big mountains. If you’re a fan of high altitude mountaineering, you’ll definitely want to watch this one.

Kraig Becker