Minus 76-Degree Cold Chases Climbers from Nanga ParbatBy Steve Casimiro on February 14th, 2013
With conditions as cold as negative 76 degrees (a meat locker’s not as cold as negative 76 degrees), you can understand why the Poles, the Italian-French squad, and the Hungarian-American team, all trying for the first winter ascent of 26,660-foot Nanga-Parbat, are bailing. It couldn’t have helped that the Hungarian-Americans were going for it without bottled oxygen or that the mountain’s been shredded by epic snows in addition to the bone-crushing cold. More disconcerting is that French snowboarder Joel Wischnewski, who started his three-day summit bid last week at this time, hasn’t been heard from for days. Hope is that the cold has only gotten to his satellite phone and not to him. Via The Adventure Blog.
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