Tom, the film by Angel Esteban and Elena Goatelli, is now online. This documents the attempt of British mountaineer Tom Ballard to become the first to solo in the same winter season the six great North Faces of the Alps: Cima Grande di Lavaredo, Pizzo Badile, Matterhorn, Grandes Jorasses, Petit Dru and the Eiger. This is a touching portrait about Ballard who lost his life on Nanga Parbat with Daniele Nardi in 2019.
The news broke a short time ago that the search has officially been called off on Nanga Parbat for Daniele Nardi and Tom Ballard, the two mountaineers who have not been heard from since Sunday 24 February.
Alex Txikon has announced that he has identified two silhouettes on Nanga Parbat with a telescope from base camp. The helicopters, however, failed to fly to Base Camp today and the search and rescue operations have been postponed until tomorrow, weather permitting.
This morning the search for Daniele Nardi and Tom Ballard on the Kinshofer route proved unsuccessful. Tomorrow on Nanga Parbat the search will resume for the two climbers who have not been heard from since Sunday 24 February.
No substantial news from Nanga Parbat while the group of rescuers coordinated by Basque mountaineer Alex Txikon worked hard at searching the mountain for Daniele Nardi and Tom Ballard who have not been heard from since Sunday 24 February. Tomorrow the search efforts will continue
The search continues for Daniele Nardi and Tom Ballard: Alex Txikon and his team were transported to Nanga Parbat today and immediately began reconnaissance flights on the mountain. The search operations will continue tomorrow, weather conditions permitting.
Alex Txikon and his team plus drones should arrive at Nanga Parbat base camp today to resume the search for Daniele Nardi and Tom Ballard, almost a week after the last contact with the two mountaineers attempting to climb the Mummery Rib in winter.
While the poor weather conditions in the Nanga Parbat area are hindering the search for Daniele Nardi and Tom Ballard, a group of friends has launched the following appeal for funds in order to try everything possibile in order to find the two alpinists who have been missing since Sunday 24 February.
Nanga Parbat: still no contact with Daniele Nardi and Tom Ballard. Alex Txikon also available for rescue mission
The situation has not changed on Nanga Parbat where, since Sunday 24 February, there has been no news or contact with Daniele Nardi and Tom Ballard who have been climbing the Mummery Rib. This morning - if permission to fly is granted - Basque mountaineer Alex Txikon should arrive at base camp in order to support with a drone search.
A break in the poor weather has enabled helicopters to transport a rescue team to Nanga Parbat. An initial first reconnaissance flight resulted in no signs of Daniele Nardi and Tom Ballard.
Bad weather has hampered the rescue mission operations for mountaineers Daniele Nardi and Tom Ballard, who have not been heard from since Sunday 24 February during their attempt to climb Nanga Parbat in winter. Helicopters with three Pakistani mountaineers (including Ali Sadpara) had left Skardu this morning but were forced to return due to bad weather before reaching Nanga Parbat base camp
Worrying news from Nanga Parbat in Pakistan where Daniele Nardi and Tom Ballard are currently attempting to climb the 8000er in winter. There has been no news from the two mountaineers since Sunday 24 February when the two were above 6000 meters on the Mummery Rib.
The 5th Karl Unterkircher Award was awarded on 14 July 2018 in Selva di Val Gardena, Italy to Simone Moro who, together with Ali Sadpara and Alex Txikon, carried out the first winter ascent of Nanga Parbat in February 2016. The other climbers that had been nominated Ines Papert and Luka Lindič for their new route on Kyzyl Asker in Kyrgyzstan (China), and Simon Gietl and Marcel Schenk for the new mixed climb up Pizzo Badile in Switzerland.
On July 14, 2018 Selva di Val Gardena will host the fifth edition of the Karl Unterkircher Award in memory of the South Tyrolean alpinist who died ten years ago on Nanga Parbat. The alpinists nominated for the 2018 award are Simone Moro, Ali Sadpara and Alex Txikon for the first winter ascent of Nanga Parbat, Ines Papert and Luka Lindič for their new route up Kyzyl Asker in Kyrgyzstan (China), and Simon Gietl and Marcel Schenk for the new mixed climb up Pizzo Badile in Switzerland. Special guest: Kurt Diemberger
The rescue of Elisabeth Revol on Nanga Parbat by Denis Urubko, Adam Bielecki, Jarek Botor and Piotr Tomala, and the greatness of all rescuers and those who do not hesitate to help those in need.
Elisabeth Revol has been rescued off Nanga Parbat by Adam Bielecki, Denis Urubko, Jarek Botor and Piotr Tomala who climbed ceaselessly throughout the night. A helicopter transported the Frenchwoman to Islamabad and she will now return to France for medical treatment, while the four mountaineers will return to their attempt at climbing K2 in winter.
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.
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.
On 02/10/2017 at 12:40 Sherpa Mingma Gyalje reached the summit of Nanga Parbat (8126 meters, Karakorum, Pakistan). The Sherpa summited with 7 other mountaineers, including Pakistan’s Muhammad Ali Sadpara.
PlayAlpinismo films: Nanga Parbat by Joseph Vilsmaier is the story of Reinhold and Günther Messner, of their great first ascent of the Nanga Parbat Rupal Face, of a tragedy and how a mountain can mark someone's destiny. The film review by Vinicio Stefanello.