Stranded high on Nanga Parbat after an extremely rare winter ascent, Elisabeth Revol and Tomek Mackiewicz were beyond help. Even if a rescue team could be found, time would almost certainly run out before they could reach the stranded climbers. Even if the rescuers did get there in time, the question remained: How would they get two incapacitated climbers off an 8,000-meter peak in winter?
Polish team honored for last year's rescue on Nanga Parbat in winter; Kate Rutherford, Brette Harrington, Tom Hornbein, Jim Donini, Michael Kennedy, Jeremy Jones also awarded
The end of the Polish expedition concludes the attempts on 8,000ers for the 2017-2018 winter season.
The award aims “to encourage female participation in pioneering alpine ascents and to further the understanding and exploration of the unclimbed peaks.”
In what will likely be remembered as one of the most daring Himalayan rescue operations ever, Adam Bielecki and Denis Urubko blasted up Nanga Parbat during a frigid night to rescue the stranded Elisabeth Revol. Her partner Tomek Mackiewicz could not be saved.
A helicopter was only able to deposit Polish rescuers at 4,800 meters, meaning they will have to climb through the night to reach Elisabeth Revol who is trying to descend further from her bivy at 6,700 meters. Tomek Mackiewicz is considerably higher at 7,300 meters with poor weather forecasted in the coming days.
On January 25, Elisabeth Revol and Tomek Mackiewicz ran into trouble on the 9th highest peak in the world when the latter became snow blind and frostbitten. A massive rescue operation is currently underway.