"The expedition, leaving the base, left a ruthless order" – this is how Piotr Tomala, head of the Polish Winter Himalaya Program 2016-2020 Artur Hajzer reacts yesterday to the recording that appeared on the internet. Canadian traveler and photographer Jean-Pierre Danvoye published a film recorded on June 21, which shows the top of trash left on the site of the Polish base for K2.
"In connection with the recording that appeared on the internet today and shows the camp and the deposit after the winter expedition to K2, we first want to apologize for the situation." After leaving the base, the expedition left a ruthless order, "he wrote in a statement by Facebook Piotr Tomala.As he insured, all the waste was cleaned up and prepared in tightly sealed bags, well protected from the weather." Unfortunately, some of the bags looted, we do not know by whom, we are currently explaining the situation with the Pakistani Agent, "Tomala added.
As he emphasized, the film was recorded on 21 June. "The Pakistani agent assured us that in mid-July at K2 the team would clean up everything that was still there," said Tomala. "We want to make sure that we want to clarify the situation as quickly as possible.The natural beauty of the mountains should always be a priority, as well as keeping order and tidiness after every expedition" – he assured.
Jean-Pierre Danvoye, who published the article about the mess left in the foot of Poland, wrote: "Shame Later, in an updated entry, he placed Tomala's statement, in which he wrote:" Good news from Poland. "
The Poles first tried to get K2 in the winter. At the end of December 2017, under the leadership of Krzysztof Wielicki, Maciej Bedrejczuk, Adam Bielecki, Jarosław Botor (medical savior), Marek Chmielarski, Rafał Fronia, Janusz Gołab, Marcin Kaczkan, Artur Małek, Piotr Snopczyński (basic manager) and Piotr Tomala left for Karakorum. , Dariusz Załuski (filmmaker) and Denis Urubko. Four Pakistani climbers joined them.
At the end of January Urubko participated together with Bielecki, Tomala and Botor in the rescue operation on Nanga Parbat (8126 m). They managed to save the French mountaineer Elisabeth Revol, while her climbing partner Tomasz Mackiewicz stayed at an altitude of about 7200 m.
In early February Botor had to return to the country, the Fronia, for family reasons and two weeks after him, with the forearm crashing as a result of a self-limiting stone attack when approaching the first camp at 5900 m along the Basque route. A little earlier, in a similar way, he had a facial injury while climbing to the "one" Bielecki, who returned to alpinism after a few days break.
After these events, Wielicki decided to transfer the mountain activities to the classic route of the first conquerors through the so-called Rib Abruzzi. In early March it was decided to return to Poland – due to heavy snowfall, increasing avalanche danger and unfavorable weather forecast until the end of winter.
K2 was only attacked three times in the winter. At the beginning of 1987 and 1988 an international group led by Andrzej Zawada made an attempt, in 2003 the team was led by Wielicki and in 2012 the Russians climbed. None of these expeditions, however, exceeded the 7650 m threshold.