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Urubko abandons Gasherbrum I after suffering severe frostbite in his hands after falling into a crevasse

Denis Urubko ended his winter summit attempt on Gasherbrum I (8,080 meters). The Russian-Polish climber showed a picture of his hands with severe symptoms of frostbite after falling down a crevasse about 7 meters deep.

The mishap occurred when he was on his way to Camp 2 at 6,400 meters. He fell into the ice crevasse while traveling at an altitude of 5,500 meters. His Pakistani partner, Hassan Shigri, managed to help Urubko out an hour later.

“I stayed inside the crevasse for an hour during which time it started snowing. Finally Hassan managed to help me out. We had a bad night and descended to base camp. I have frostbite on my fingers and cannot continue the expedition,” Denis Urubko explained to the Desnivel website.

Urubko will soon be heading to Skardu on his own, as his insurance is not activated. In August, he had already tried to open a new route on this eight-thousander, together with Pipi Cardell from Andalusia, but bad weather aborted their challenge. A month earlier they had reached the summit by the traditional route.

Urubko was part of two expeditions with two first winter ascents: on Makalu, with Simone Moro (2009) and on Gasherbrum II, also with Moro and Cory Richards (2011).