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Alpine Club of Pakistan




Award of Summit Certificates to the Polish Mountaineers who made The First Winter Ascent of Gasherbrum I on 9 March 2012




Alpine Club of Pakistan held a small and simple Certificate distribution ceremony in honour of the Polish climbers Adam Bielecki and Janusz Golab, who made the history on Friday 9th March 2012 at 8:30 am by making first winter ascent of Gasherbrum I through the normal route from North West side. In view of the tragic accident near the Gasherbrum I summit the ceremony was made at the office of Alpine Club of Pakistan located in Sports Board Complex, Islamabad. Executive Council and senior members ACP including Mr Saad Tariq Siddiqi and Karrar Haideri were present on the occasion.

Awarding the certificates, Lt Col Manzoor Hussain (Retd) President ACP praised the courage and the strength of the two summiteers in making this history. He mentioned that due to the tragic loss of the renowned mountaineers, the occasion is not being celebrated as much as it deserves. Both Adam Bielecki and Janusz Golab, had developed frostbite on nose and feet and were evacuated from the Gasherbrum Base Camp by helicopter on 15 March 2012, whereas their expedition has yet to reach Skardu.

Speaking on the occasion Mr Adam Bielecki said that it is very hard to climb the Karakoram mountains during winter as the temperatures at height above 7,500 metres are in the range of - 40 to 60 degrees centigrade and the winds are very strong raging above 50 kms per hour which makes it difficult for mountaineers to pursue climb with the fear of freezing to death. He mentioned that out of fear of freezing and getting frost bitten they could not even take out Polish flag from their backpacks for hoisting it on the summit. About the accident involving disappearance of the Girfried Goschl, Cedric and Niasar Hussain Sadpara they said that their team leader Mr Artur Hajzer and brother of Gerfried Gaschl will hold press conference on their return from Skardu to explain the circumstances of the incident. Both the summiteers thanked all concerned in Pakistan for providing good support to their expedition.

It may be mentioned that Mr Adam Bielecki, who climbed in Pakistan for the first time had earlier reached the summit of Makalu (8,543 m) situated in Nepal in the last week of September 2011. For Janusz Golab, it was his first ascent of a peak above 8000 metres, though he had climbed Kunyang Chhich (7,852 m) in Pakistan during 2002.

Dated 20th March 2012