mBank Lotto Himalayan Trilogy: Summit!
Saturday Piotr Pustelnik, Piotr Morawski and Peter Hamor did an unexpected summit push on BP normal route. Although just planning to acclimatize, the three Peters decided to take advantage of good weather, and despite Pustelnik having no suitable high-altitude boots they left on Friday, July 8 at 2:00 am. From C3, at 7200m.
They found an Austrian climber on the col (7800m) in bad condition and Piotr Morawski helped him down to C3. On the summit ridge Piotr P and Peter H found a second member from the Austrian team (Markus Kronthaler) who had already perished. After performing the last rites, the Poles proceeded to the main summit, which they reached at 2:00 pm.
Morawski: Rescue first, then summit
Piotr Morawski who gave up his summit attempt in order to help the injured climber made a solo bid on Sunday July 9, reaching the summit at noon.
In spite of the bad events, Piotr Pustelnik's BP summit is sweet; coming after three earlier failed attempts and concluding number 13 in Piotr's 8000ers resume. The climbers are currently on their way back to BC. Once there they’ll decide if they still launch an alpine-style push via a new route along the South ridge.
This is also the third 8000er summited by the mBank Lotto Himalayan Trilogy 2006 Expedition this year. In April, Piotr Morawski and Peter Hamor summitted Cho Oyu (8222m); in May Peter Hamor climbed the main summit of Annapurna (8091m); while Piotr Pustelnik and Piotr Morawski reached its eastern summit (8010m).