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French alpinist Elisabeth Revol and Poland's Tomek Mackiewicz
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Nanga Parbat in winter in 2016
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Nanga Parbat in winter, the naked mountain at night in 2016
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Drama on Nanga Parbat, fears for Tomek Mackiewicz and Elisabeth Revol

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High up on Nanga Parbat the Polish mountaineer Tomek Mackiewicz and France’s Elisabeth Revol have reportedly run into difficulty during their attempt to climb the mountain in winter. A rescue operation has been organised from K2.

28/01/2018
All updates on the page 'Nanga Parbat: relentless rescue efforts continue for Elizabeth Revol and Tomek Mackiewicz'


27/01/2018
All updates on the page 'Nanga Parbat, rescue operation in full swing for Tomek Mackiewicz and Elisabeth Revol'

Update at 20:30 on 26/01/2018
Depending on the size of 2 helicopters, either 4 or 5 men will fly from K2 to Nanga Parbat. Adam Bielecki, Denis Urubko, Jarek Botor and Piotr Tomala will fly and, if possible, so will Marek Chmielarski. Pick up time from K2 base camp is estimated at 8.00 am Pakistan Standard Time and the flight is expected to last 1 hour circa, weather conditions permitting. Mackiewicz is reported to be in a tent at circa 7280 m, while Revol should be at around 6670 m

Update at 16:30 on 26/01/2018
The Polish expedition coordinating the rescue mission has confirmed that tomorrow morning two helicopters will fly to K2 base camp to pick up equipment and four climbers: Adam Bielecki, Piotr Tomala, Jarek Botor and Marek Chmielarski. The helicopters will transport the climbers to the Nanga Parbat Diamir face and start the rescue operation. According to the Pakistan Mountain News, Revol has continued her descent to 6670 m and has been informed about tomorrow’s planned rescue operation. There is no news about Mackiewicz position and the weather forecast is terrible.

Published at 12:50 on 26/01/2018
These are dramatic hours high up on the slopes of Nanga Parbat for Poland’s Tomek Mackiewicz and France’s Elisabeth Revol who for the last few weeks have been attempting to climb the Pakistani giant in winter. The two mountaineers have been doggedly attempting to realise their dream of climbing the ninth highest mountain in the world in the winter, despite the fact that the first winter ascent was carried out in 2016 by Simone Moro, Ali Sadpara and Alex Txikon in 2016.

After a period of acclimatisation, about ten days ago the two set off on their summit push. After sleeping at 7300 meters the two planned to ascend to the 8125 m high summit yesterday, Thursday 26 January and although they were spotted close to the summit by their liaison officer in base camp very high up, it is unclear whether they succeeded in reaching the highest point. For seeming endless hours there was no news from the two alpinists, and as a result of this lack of information many began to worry.

This morning Janusz Majer, who is coordinating the Polish winter expedition to K2, announced he had received information from France saying that Revol and Mackiewicz had been stuck at an altitude of 7,400 meters, below the top dome. Apparently 42-year-old Mackiewiczhas developed snowblindness and has suffered frostbite, and a rescue operation has been organised that will transport four climbers currently attempting to scale K2 in winter to Nanga Parbat. These should include the formidable mountaineers Adam Bielecki and Denis Urubko. A fund-raising campaign was launched immediately to deal with the costs of this rescue operation, and a few minutes ago the Polish Minister for Sport and Tourism Witold Bańka tweeted that his government will cover the costs of the rescue operation.

Several sources have confirmed that a helicopter has left Skardu to transport the rescuers from K2 Base Camp. The plan is to fly them up onto the Diamir side of the Nanga Parbat tomorrow morning and first help Revol, then Mackiewic. Darkness is about to fall on Pakistan. According to the latest - fortunately good - news, Mackiewicz and Revol are descending slowly and they may possibly be at an altitude of 7200 meters. The hope is that they continue to descend as much as possible on their own, despite the 12 days they have already spent at great altitude alone on the mountain.

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UPDATE at 22:28: Adam Bielecki and Denis Urubko reach Elisabeth Revol! This morning the rescue operation began to try and save Tomek Mackiewicz and Elisabeth Revol on Nanga Parbat. Two helicopters transported Adam Bielecki, Denis Urubko, Jarek Botor and Piotr Tomala from K2 to Nanga Parbat, dropping them off at circa 4900 meters; the rescuers are currently climbing up towards the Frenchwoman and Pole.
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Nanga Parbat in winter, Tomasz Mackiewicz and Elisabeth Revol return to Base Camp after reaching 7800m
News just in: France’s Elisabeth Revol and Poland’s Tomasz Mackiewicz have returned to base camp of Nanga Parbat after reaching 7800m during their attempt to make the first winter ascent of this 8126m giant in the Karakorum. This historic feat on the 9th highest mountain in the world is also being attempted by several other expeditions: on the Diamir side the Italians Daniele Nardi and Roberto Delle Monache, on the Rupal Face the Russians Serguey Kondrashkin, Victor Koval, Valery Shamalo and Nickolay Totmjanin. In addition, they will shortly be joined by Spaniard Alex Txikon, the Pakistanis Muhammad Ali Sadpara and Muhammad Khan and an Iranian expedition.

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