Hansen and Dujmovits: Summit attempt on Biarchedi I failed

Ralf Dujmovits

The good weather window did not open wide enough. “We needed six days of good weather in order to get safely up and down the remote, unclimbed Biarchedi I (6,810 m) in Pakistan’s Karakoram mountains”, Ralf Dujmovits writes on Instagram after the abandoned summit attempt. “With a forecast of 4.5 days of good weather, we headed up, but the snow started again after only one day and our good weather window was shortened to 2.5 days – not nearly what we needed.”

“Luck was not on our side”

Nancy Hansen at the turnaround point at 5,650 meters

According to the 59-year-old, another 30 to 40 centimeters of fresh snow fell. Dujmovits and his wife, Nancy Hansen, packed up their equipment, which they had deposited on a col at 5,650 meters during their exploratory climb earlier, and descended back to base camp. “It is always terribly disappointing to have invested so much time, energy and money into such a trip, only to be shut down by almost three weeks of bad weather,” Ralf wrote. “Luck was not on our side.” It doesn’t sound like they’re thinking about another summit attempt.