Moro and Urubko Abandon Nanga Parbat
Forecast calls for two weeks of snow
Climbers Simone Moro and Denis Urubko on Tuesday halted their attempt to make the first winter ascent of Nanga Parbat after being pinned down in base camp by 80 mile-per-hour winds and heavy snow. In a videotaped message, Moro and Urubko said they would take advantage of a window of good weather on Wednesday and Thursday—the only one projected for the next two weeks—to break down their base camp and hike out. "We took some risks, more than we normally take, but the situation is not changing," Moro said. The partners, who together made the first winter ascents of Makalu and Gasherbrum II, had planned to ascend Nanga Parbat via a new line to the left of the Diamir Face.
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