Poles aiming to be first to climb K2 in winter leave base camp

Polish climber Magdalena Gorzkowska reached the base camp at K2, the last eight-thousanders never to be climbed in winter. The former athlete wants to become the 11th Polish ascend the mountain with a height of over 8,000 meters. Waldemar Kowalewski is also at K2, and together a total of several hundred participants, await good conditions and the opportunity to reach the peak.

Polish climbers were the first to scale 10 out of 14 8,000 meter peaks during winter.

The international climbing expedition with the participation of Magdalena Gorzkowska and Waldemar Kowalewski, whose goal is to climb K2 (8,611 m), the last eight-thousanders not climbed in winter, reached the base under this peak on December 29, according to the organisers of the expedition.

Magdalena Gorzkowska is a former professional athlete. For 12 years she has been training athletics. She was the Polish 400 m champion, participated in the Olympic Games in London (2012), four years later in the 4x400 relay she won the silver medal at the World Indoor Championships in Portland. Shee is implementing the project of conquering the Crown of the Himalayas and the Karakoram. 28-year-old Gorzkowska has so far climbed three eight-thousanders: Mount Everest (2018), Makalu and Manaslu (both in 2019).

47-year-old Waldemar Kowalewski has five eight-thousanders to his credit: Mount Everest (2014), Lhotse and Broad Peak (2017) as well as Manaslu (2016) and K2 (2019). In the 2018/19 winter season, he was a member of the international expedition led by Bask Alex Txikon - one of the two that struggled with K2 at the time. At the beginning of the mountain action, the citizen of Szczecin was hit by a stone or a block of ice at an altitude of 5,800 m when he was approaching the first camp. The battered man had to leave the base less than two weeks after his arrival.