Polish winter wolves Artur Hajzer and Robert Szymczak summited Nanga Parbat yesterday at 1:30pm, Pakistan time, after fighting loads of snow and bad weather on a 15 hours-long climb from C4. It would take them nearly 10 hours more to reach back their high camp.
Jaroslaw Gawrysiak, who had joined Artur and Robert on the summit push at 10:00pm the previous night, finally turned back at 7,800m.
A concerning silence followed summit news though. Artur and Robert made no further contact. As hours passed, concerns grew among the expedition members. Robert Kazmierski and Arek Grzadziel remained in C3 ready to jump to the rescue if needed.
Luckily, the weather cleared up yesterday evening, permitting the BC crew to spot the summiteers through binoculars at 7,300m – 2 hours away from the tents.
Latest news was posted earlier today: The summit team had finally called from C4. All team members are expected back in Base Camp today.
Story updated 7:50am EST: Artur, Robert and Arek Grzadziel (who went up from C3 early this morning) are not reaching BC today. Loads of fresh snow have slowed them down and will spend the night in C3 or C2. It is yet unclear whether Jaroslaw Gawrysiak is with them as well.