On February 2, Cory Richards, Simone Moro and Denis Urubko summited Pakistan’s Gasherbrum II (8,035m). This was the first winter summit of any peak in the Karakorum and Cory became the first American to summit any eight-thousander in winter.
For more insanity, Cory brought along a Canon 5D and filmed the whole thing. The result is a 19-minute short film that is already racking up a variety of awards, including Best Film at the Squamish Mountain Festival. I’m sure it’s been submitted to the Banff Mountain Film Festival, so I suspect there’s a good chance it will end up on the world tour. Keep an eye out for it.
I learned about the film via The Creak of Boots, a great blog about life on the trail.