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Christopher Herwig

On February 3, 1987, Jerzy Kukuczka and Artur Hajzer succeeded in making the first winter ascent of Annapurna, in just a little over two weeks after their arrival at base camp. Their “speed” ascent was possible because of their residual acclimatization carried over from an autumn ascent of Manaslu. It was the first time an 8,000er had been climbed in winter with a small, self-contained team. Krzysztof Wielicki and legendary Polish female alpinist Wanda Rutkiewicz were also on the team, but failed to summit.

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