Piotr's Broad Peak: It's over for this time
06:55 pm EDT Jul 22, 2005
Broad Peak is proving a hard nut to crack this season. A low has moved in on the mountain, and only Sergey and Denis are still up there fighting the elements. Piotr turned back only hours from summit, and Artur Hajzer had an accident coming down.
"Well, it's true only I only have Annapurna and Broad Peak left, but 'only' is not a proper word. 'Still' is a better description," Piotr told ExplorersWeb. And for sure, the two remaining summits are not giving themselves easily. This spring he had to abort Annapurna, and now Broad Peak is over.
Artur broke his ankle
Yesterday, at 5.30 p.m. he reached the Rocky Summit 8035 (Broad Peak Foresummit) - the lower summit of Broad Peak. Artur Hajzer was about 80 m behind. They had about 2 hours to the main summit, but due to very difficult weather conditions and late time of arrival, they decided to return to camp III. On the way down there was an accident where Artur Hajzer probably broke his ankle.
A rescue mission was organized and now all members are safe and resting in Camp II. The climbers have however decided to end the expedition. The home team also reports that according to various sources, none of the expeditions present on Broad Peak have reached higher than the members of Lotto-MultiBank Góra Pragnieñ 2005 Expedition so far.
Piotr gave it his best, but the mountains clearly want him back.
Piotr has 12 of the 14, 8000ers completed. Only Annapurna and Broad Peak remains on his quest to summit he world's tallest mountains. He has climbed Gasherbrum II twice (1990 and 1997), Nanga Parbat in 1992, Cho Oyu and Shisha Pangma Main in 1993, Dhaulagiri in 1994, Everest in 1995, K2 from the North in 1996, Gasherbrum I in 1997, Lhotse in 2000, Kangchenjunga in 2001, Makalu in 2002 and Manaslu in 2003.
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