American Alpine Club announces award for rescue climbers on Nanga Parbat

The American Alpine Club recently announced the award recipients for 2019 who will be honored at the club’s annual benefit dinner on March 9 in San Francisco, California.

Dennis Urubko, Adam Bielecki, Jaroslaw Botor and Piotrek Tomala are being presented with the David A. Sowles Award, which recognizes “unselfish devotion at personal risk or sacrifice of a major objective, in going to the assistance of fellow climbers imperiled in the mountains.” In January 2018, the four climbers took time away from their winter attempt of K2 to launch a daring rescue of Elizabeth Revol on Nanga Parba after she completed that peak’s second winter ascent with Tomek Mackiewicz, who became incapacitated and died during the descent. Since the first Sowles Award was bestowed in 1981, it has been conferred only occasionally to “mountaineers who have distinguished themselves, with unselfish devotion at personal risk or sacrifice of a major objective, in going to the assistance of fellow climbers imperiled in the mountains,” reads the AMerican Alpine Club press release.

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