Gasherbrum I Climbed in Winter


Gasherbrum I from the northwest, showing the upper part of the route climbed by the Polish team for the peak's first winter ascent. Photo courtesy of Artur Hazjer / polishwinterhimalaism.pl

3/12/12 - UPDATE: The international team of alpinists—Austrian Gerfried Göschl, Pakistani Nisar Hussain, and Swiss Cedric Hahlen—attempting a new route on Hidden Peak's south side has gone missing. The team was last seen on Friday, about 250 meters below the summit. Terrible weather conditions are preventing helicopter rescue efforts, but Polish alpinists Darek Zaluski and Agniezka Bielecka are attempting to find the team by climbing back up the mountain.

3/9/12 - A pair of Polish climbers, Adam Bielicki and Janusz Golab, have completed the first winter ascent of Gasherbrum I (aka Hidden Peak). The two summited the 8,080-meter/26,509-foot peak, the world's 11th highest, at 8:30 a.m. local time on Friday, March 9. The team climbed by the normal route up the peak's west and northwest side.

This is only the second of Pakistan's 8,000-meter peaks to be climbed in winter. The first, Gasherbrum II, was climbed by Simone Moro, Cory Richards, and Denis Urubko last winter. Moro and Urubko attempted Nanga Parbat in Pakistan this year but gave up earlier in the winter.

Meanwhile, an international expedition attempting a new route on Hidden Peak's south side was spotted today high on the mountain and headed up, but communications appear to have been disrupted by solar flare activity, and it's not clear if they too reached the summit.

Gasherbrum I was first summited in 1958 by an American expedition, the only 8,000'er first climbed by Americans.

Date of ascent: March 9, 2012

Sources: polishwinterhimalaism.pl, explorersweb.com

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