The world awaits and watch anxiously as the top climbers in the world gear up to confront the savage giant K-2 with its fury increased many folds in the rugged Karakorum winters-of what can easily be regarded as the deadliest climbing expedition imaginable. Kazak Denis Urubko, Spaniard Alex Txikon and Pole Adam Bielecki are all set to kick off with their latest expedition the first winter ascent of K-2, the deadlier and still one of the two impregnable mountains in winters.
With a blistering record as their armor, the troika remains one of the potent threats to the mighty K-2 which has denied a winter ascent to ambitious climbers for the last several years. The current expedition is the latest after the tragic end of the Russian Winter Expedition to K-2 back in 2012-2013 where they lost one of their ace climbers Vitaly Gorelik who died of extreme exhaustion and pneumonia at the Base Camp. Gorelik had returned after successfully shifting gear to Camp-3 at 7600m near the Death Valley.
Given the credentials of the then Russian expedition, many still hold the view that if the Russian Giants could not tame the mighty k-2 no one on earth can.
41-year-old Urubko, often considered as a Russian Climber actually hails from Kazakhstan and is already weighing his options to move to Poland on permanent basis. A proud summiteer of all the 14 Eight Thousanders in alpine style, Urubko comes with a plethora of accolades which he has acquired during the course of his climbing career.
In the year 1999, Urubko achieved international recognition as a world class alpinist during the Snow Leopard Project with his remarkable ascents of the five 7000m peaks in 42 days. Being father of this idea, and a veteran of the 2002-2003 Russian Winter Expedition to K-2, Urubko will be leading the expedition.
“It was my desire and my idea for K-2 in winter”, Urubko said while talking to the press. “I shared that with Alex and Adam, they felt the vibe and put the same energy as I did…. Now, this is a big duty for each of us. I am the leader of the expedition indeed”.
The team has chosen the Chinese side of the K-2, otherwise considered as one of the most difficult routes to the top of the 8611 m Granite structure but the team insists that the “normal” route to the top gets extremely difficult in winters.
Some 600lbs of gear is currently being transported to the K-2 Base Camp on the Chinese Side ahead of the expedition which will kick off in the mid of December.