Today the International winter expedition team to K2, is on their way to Islamabad from Bishkek. Those who look and read the profiles of these Russian, Kazakh and Kyrgyz boys well, will understand that they are serious but “K2 is always tough, given the due consideration, the mountain still got good chances to remain a winter virgin”, Agostino Da Polenza (K2 summiteer). It is worth noting that K2 witnesses five unsuccessful attempts in last three decades, in 2018 the Polish winter expedition team touches 7400 m as the highest point.
The expedition team will be having 7 experienced climbers, including 3 Kazakhstani athletes (Dmitry Muravyov, Vasily Pivtsov, Tursunali Aubakirov), 3 Russian (Artem Brown, Roman Abildaev, Konstantin Shepelin) and 1 athlete from Kyrgyzstan (Mikhail Danichkin). The Kazakh alpinist, Vasily Pivtsov, who has climbed all fourteen 8000ers of the world, will lead the expedition team and Artem Brown from Russia will be the organzier.
Vasily Pivtsov considers Polish winter expedition to K2 in 2002-2003 as stimulus which lead to this endeavor. His team is in good shape and quite fit, recently they have been conducting expeditions to six and seven thousanders.
The reviews and interviews from various sources tell that the boys are in combat mood and ready to take the challenge despite facing financial constraints which compels them to go for crowdfunding (https://www.winterk2exp2019.com).
The team will follow Abruzzi route climb in Himalayan style with necessary acclimatization through setting up of intermediate camps and the rules of engagement are very clear: no oxygen, no high altitude porters, no sherpas, just fixed ropes and two months.