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Winter ascent of Makalu (8463m), Wielicki forced to abandon


The Polish expedition led by Krzysztof Wielicki has been fored to abandon its winter attempt of Makalu due to extreme weather conditions

Makalu 8463m is the fifth highest mountain in the world and located on the border between Nepal and Tibet.

It was first climbed on 15/05/1955 by a French expedition led by Jean Franco. The team members included J. Franco, J. Couzy, L. Terray, G. Magnone, J. Bouvier, S. Coupè, Leourux and A. Vialatte.

The Polish mountaineer Krzysztof Wielicki and members of the Makalu winter expedition 2000/2001 have been forced to abandon their attempt of a winter ascent of the fifth highest mountain on earth.

Extreme weather conditions made an ascent impossible, as high winds raged across the mountain and blew away the tents at Camp 2. In addition, temperatures varied considerably, rendering any ascent extremely dangerous due to the threat of avalanches.

Wielicki, who headed the Polish expedition, announced the decision last week and has probably returned to Kathmandu by now. He is the fifth person to have climbed all 8000m peaks, and this was his second attempt of a winter ascent of Makalu.





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