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Asia, Nepal, Annapurna Winter Ascent: Kukuczka's 13th 8000er, 1987

Annapurna Winter Ascent: Kukuczka’s 13th 8000er, 1987. Jerzy Kukuczka and his fellow Pole Artur Hajzer got to the summit of Annapurna on February 3, 1987 on the first winter ascent of the peak and the first Polish ascent. Wanda Rutkiewicz and Krzysztof Wielicki, the other summit pair, were unfortunately unsuccessful, getting only to 6800 meters. Their expedition was basically on the 1950 French route on the north face. No Sherpas went above Base Camp. They used no artificial oxygen at any time.

Elizabeth Hawley