Towards the end of last year, Garmin sponsored Italian alpinist Simone Moro set out to attempt the first ever winter ascent of the 8,126-meter mountain, Nanga Parbat. After more than 80 days climbing the 9th highest mountain in the world, Simone successfully summited the Nanga Parbat on February 26th via the Kinshofer Route.
This achievement marks a ground breaking first winter ascent of the mountain and also Simone’s 4th first winter ascent of 8,000 meter peaks. Prior to Nanga Parbat, Simone is the first and only mountaineer who has made the first winter ascents to three of the eight-thousanders starting with Shisha Pangma at 8,027 meters, Makalu at 8,463 meters, and Gasherbrum II at 8,035 meters.
During winter, temperatures on Nanga Parbat easily drop to -40 degrees celsius during the day, and winds can pick up to 30 mph or more. Nanga Parbat was first climbed by way of the Rakhiot Flank in 1953 by Austrian climber Hermann Buhl, but has since then claimed many lives of accomplished and experienced alpinists since then. While there have been a handful of successful summits on the mountain, no one has ever made an ascent of Nanga Parbat during the winter, until now.
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