I just read this 2008 article from National Geo. magazine. The Polish climbers of the 1980’s and 1990’s evolved into the toughest group of Himalayan mountain climbers that the world has ever known. They focused on winter ascents of all 14 of the world’s 8,000 meter peaks. It’s inspiring to me.
“Numbing cold, gale-force winds, avalanches, frostbite. Why risk your neck on Pakistan’s Nanga Parbat in the middle of winter? Ask Polish climbers.”