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Broad Peak: Urubko Goes It Alone

Laid low by pneumonia, an ailing Don Bowie flew back by helicopter to Skardu yesterday with Lotta Hintsa. Denis Urubko has chosen to stay and attempt Broad Peak alone! The route is fixed up to 7,500 meters, securing crevassed areas and the bullet-hard lower ice slopes. In addition, he has more than two weeks before meteorological winter finishes at the end of February. For Urubko, who soloed Gasherbrum II in a blazingly fast 48 hours last summer, this is plenty of time for a crumb of good weather to give him a sporting chance to succeed.   Although high winds and storms are forecast over the next 12 days, the weather can shift suddenly in the Karakorum. In fact, the climbers reached their highest point precisely during one of those unexpected windows. Moreover, according to MeteoExploration, conditions are actually good…

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