Simone Moro and Tamara Lunger summited the Pik Pobeda!

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Italian mountaineers Simone Moro and Tamara Lunger made the first winter ascent of Pik Pobeda, also known as Gora Pobeda (3003m), Siberia’s highest mountain located in the Chersky range within the Arctic Circle. The area is one of the coldest regions on the planet, with temperatures at Base Camp during their climb reaching -40 degrees Celsius.

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On 22nd January the team left Italy for Siberia and reached Base Camp with the assistance of reindeer to haul equipment on sledges. With a good forecast in hand, the pair waited for the best conditions and ascended in alpine style over 7 hours, before returning to Base Camp 11 hours after setting off on 11th February.

Commenting by sat phone, Simone described the conditions: “It snowed all day long, but there was good visibility. It was extremely cold! How cold we do not know yet, we’ll check and tell you. We are very grateful to the herdsmen who really supported us.”

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Simone adds this latest ascent to his growing list of winter summits. He remains the only mountaineer to have made the first winter ascent of four of the eight-thousanders: Shishapangma in 2005, Makalu in 2009, Gasherbrum II in 2011 and Nanga Parbat in 2016. Despite her origins as a ski-mountaineer, in recent years Tamara has focused on high-altitude winter ascents alongside Simone. During the 2015-2016 winter season, in her attempt to make the first winter ascent of Nanga Parbat with Simone, she turned back just 70 metres below the top due to altitude sickness – narrowly missing out on becoming the first woman to make a first winter ascent of an 8,000-metre peak.

La Sportiva ambassadors Simone Moro and Tamara Lunger have carried out the first winter ascent of Pik Pobeda, the highest mountain in Siberia, Arctic Polar Circle.

After climbing for 7 hours, at 15.37 the other day the Italian mountaineers Simone Moro and Tamara Lunger reached the summit of Pik Pobeda, a 3003 meter high mountain in Siberia’s Chersky Range. This region is classified as one of the coldest on the planet, hence its nickname The Pole of Cold.

Having set off from Italy on 22 January, Moro and Lunger began the long journey towards the mountain’s base camp, reached with the help of reindeer that hauled their gear on sledges. After setting up Base Camp the duo waited for the right forecast and set off for the summit, retiring to BC 11 hours later.

Tamara and Simone reached the summit on 11th February in just over 7 hours, at 3.37pm local time, returning back to base camp after a further 4 hours, covering a total 27.3 km and 2047mt elevation. It was a long climb with a technical steep mix climb towards the summit. Had they fallen, a rescue would have been impossible.

“It snowed all day long, but luckily there was good visibility. – said Simone – It was cold but thankfully cloud cover was in our favour, warding off the extreme temperatures. Low wind and -30/35 is what we can realistically say about the summit day conditions, however, during the entire expedition we experienced as low as -50! Our Non-Stop Alpine Style climb had been designed specifically to avoid an overnight in potential extreme conditions”

Tamara added, “This was an environment like no other. The journey alone was crazy – we had to take 3 planes just to get to Sasyr, the town closest to Base Camp, and even there temperatures averaged around -35/-40 degrees. We had just 3 days of good blue sky weather throughout the whole expedition. In any case the solitude and remote area showcased it’s astounding natural beauty.”

Speaking for both them, Simone Moro added: “We are very grateful to the herdsmen who really supported us throughout the whole trip – it would not have been possible without them. We’re ecstatic to have summited what is quitelikely be one of the coldest mountains on earth”

The North Face athletes Tamara and Simone reached the summit on 11thFebruary in just over 7 hours, at 3.37pm local time, returning back to base camp after a further 4 hours, covering a total 27.3 km and 2047mt elevation. It was a long climb with a technical steep mix climb towards the summit. Had they fallen, a rescue would have been impossible.

“It snowed all day long, but luckily there was good visibility. It was cold but thankfully cloud cover was in our favour, warding off the extreme temperatures. Low wind and -30/35 is what we can realistically say about the summit day conditions, however, during the entire expedition we experienced as low as -50!  Our Non Stop Alpine Style climb had been designed specifically to avoid an overnight in potential extreme conditions” said Simone.

Tamara added, “This was an environment like no other. The journey alone was crazy – we had to take 3 planes just to get to Sasyr, the town closest to Base Camp, and even there temperatures averaged around -35/-40 degrees. We had just 3 days of good blue sky weather throughout the whole expedition. In any case the solitude and remote area showcased it’s astounding natural beauty.”

Speaking for both them, Simone Moro added: “We are very grateful to the herdsmen who really supported us throughout the whole trip – it would not have been possible without them. We’re ecstatic to have summited what is quite likely be one of the coldest mountains on earth”

A film will be released on The North Face YouTube in Fall 2018 documenting Tamara and Simone’s achievement.  Release dates will be announced @TheNorthFace on Facebook and @TheNorthFaceUK on Instagram.

 

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