The four-man Polish team were on an expedition to scale the peak of K2 188km away when they heard of Elisabeth Revol’s plight and volunteered to brave freezing temperatures of minus 35 degrees Celsius to rescue her.
The famous magazine rewards a man who skied down K2 and two climbers involved in a desperate bid to save two colleagues stranded high on one of the world’s highest mountains.
Called the Savage Mountain owing to its grim reputation for claiming lives, K2 has never been climbed in winter.
One of the streets in the northwestern Lithuanian city Plunge has been named after the Polish climber Wanda Rutkiewicz. The third woman in history to have conquered Mount Everest was born there on February 4, 1943.
Last year, the seasoned mountain skier was forced to abandon his K2 challenge. This year he nailed it.
Fastest man to climb Mt. Elbrus now plans to ski down K2.
A Polish attempt to scale the world's second highest peak, K2, in winter has been called off due to adverse weather conditions, the expedition's leader, Krysztof Wielicki, announced on Monday.