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Alpinists Attempt First Winter Ascent of Gasherbrum II

The Karakoram
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Alpinists Simone Moro, Denis Urubko and Cory Richards are attempting a first winter ascent of Pakistan's Gasherbrum II, according to UK Climbing. The trio established base camp on January 11 and will address the summitt as weather permits.

Gasherbrum II, the 13th highest peak in the world at 26,360 feet, lies in the Karakoram Range, which is the loftiest mountain system in the world stretching from eastern Afghanistan to the Kashmir region. The peak was first summited in 1956 by Austrians Fritz Moravek, Josef Larch and Hans Willenpart.

You can follow Moro, Urubko and Richards as they endure the mountain's harsh winter environment through The North Face's Expedition Journal.

-- Will Grant

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