First Pakistani Woman Winter Expedition 2010.

BY MIRZA ALI

The Pakistan Youth Outreach Second Climbing Expedition in winter to Mingligh sar 6050m was indeed amazing, Samina Baig being the first woman from Pakistan to go on a winter attempt in the Karakorum was a great mile stone in Pakistani women’s adventure history.Samina Baig who had topped Chashkin Sar Peak in August-Septermber 2010.This expedition was dedicated to all those who have been affected by the floods in Pakistan this year The team along with Samina set High Camp at nearly 5525m which was new for any girl from Pakistan in winter and pushed for the summit the next day. Due to extreme cold and insufficient clothing for Samina (due to financial constraints) mainly down jacket and pants, the team decided to return approximately 150m short of the summit. Samina reached the height of approximately 5900m. Later the weather turned to hell and we called off the Expedition however the PYO first basic mountaineering training camp for young school boys and girls was very successful.

Since Karakorum has different weather conditions, the winter arrives late November in the high mountains of Karakorum, according to the calendar year it has been said that December climbing expeditions are not a full calendar year expedition. However a few years back the Alpine club of Pakistan organized a climbing expedition to Peer Peak in the Karakorum which was named “Winter Expedition”. Similarly there was another expedition in November by locals which was also named Winter Expedition. Looking at the extreme weather situation in the high mountains, December and January is normally considered winter in the Karakorum, Pamir area hence the expedition is also Winter Expedition.

The expedition kicked off on the 8th of December 2010 after three days acclimatization in Shimshal Valley. We hired 12 porters, two cooks and Mr Yausaf Khan, former army climber as our expedition advisor. The first day was spent at Korband. During the winter days are short and most streams at different summer camp sites get frozen therefore the first night spent at Korband was pretty chilly and there was a lot of frost in the tents. After a steep climb of Ghar Sar the next day the team managed to reach Uch Forzeen in 9 hours, the chill was great though the day was sunny. Uch Forzeen provided us with good shelter for cooking in the hut but sleeping in the tent was pretty hard, at midnight I found my sleeping bag frosty and frozen half due to my breathing but a great adventure all the same! Uch Forzeen to Arbon Purian was a nice journey, the frozen slopes of Arbon Purian were nice for practice and play adventure in the cold climate.

It was longer in the winter from Arbob Purian to Shujrave where we set our base camp, the cold was great, it took us four days to reach Shujrave which is normally three days walking in summer. After two days of acclimatization and practice in Shujrave, Samina and Jennifer Rawlings (guest climber from Atlanta, Georgia, US) made it to the pass, the previous day, unfortunately Jennifer Rawlins got sick. Jennifer came to take part in this historical adventure and she believed it was a wonderful experience but truly cold! We marched up to high camp, Samina, Yausaf and Mr Tafat Shah, PYO Trainer, also Mr Yahya Baig and myself Mirza Ali, Expedition leader and Wazir Baig were the climbers in the team.

The high camp was settled at approximately 5520m, the night was terribly cold and Yahya and Wazir got sick in the night, however Samina was the first woman from Pakistan to experience such extreme and freezing temperatures at High Camp. The sleeping bag was icy in the morning, the weather was very pleasant but again very cold. Next morning we started our summit push at 8am, the stones were frozen and frosty, the chill factor was high but the sun did come out to favor us at the beginning. After three hours walk we reached below the glacier, changed our climbing shoes and dressed up for the next stage of the expedition. The snow was drifting and the upper layers were pretty frozen but it was complete sugar type beneath the upper layer. The climb was pretty tough going from the beginning, the layers start breaking and it was hard for all of us. Wazir was ill and returned half way, we climbed for another two hours when the wind and weather became very cold. Samina had a down jacket with no hood and this was not suitable protection for the extreme cold weather, the pants were not even down so that made it difficult to continue to the summit. We reached approximately 5900m, just 150m short of the summit, the time was running out so we decided to return since it was a step forward in progress and we naturally wanted to return home safely!

During the climb I noticed my video camera battery got dislodgedi was unable to make more video of the climb and i was not adapted with still setting of ISO,which also make bad pictures in the bright light, later jennifer helped me to set ISO setting on the way back to base camp.

The descent was arduous, the long ridge descent was tiring but we finally made to the High Camp. The wind was extremely strong and was to blow our tents off from the ridge, after preparing tea Samina and Yausaf left straight for Base Camp. We packed our belongings and tents to follow. Jennifer and Gul were down at the pass, we had planned to fix another high camp at Quz Sar after a successful attempt of Mingligh however it was not really achievable since other members were tired. We met them down in the evening it was then decided to have some rest and then move back to Quz Sar approximately 5900m and climbed an unnamed peak.

We reached base camp as the dusk was all around, Imran our “cook” welcomed us and served the meal. The night was cold and chills were looming, in the morning it was very cloudy and started snowing. We consulted Yausaf and Tafat the experienced climbers who then decided to call off the expedition, hence all packed, we left for Shimshal.

This expedition was an initiative for the youth and women of Pakistan to enter into extreme sports such as mountaineering, it was a myth breaking expedition for Pakistani women and youths whatever the outcome. Reaching the summit is the exception in the mountains; most renowned mountaineers find that the “fail summit ratio” is higher than success. When I took the decision to return 150m short of the summit, the Sir Edmund Hillary quote was the basis that he used for Everest mostly to avoid any chance of accidents. It was the right decision to go home safely since mountains never go away!

Right after the expedition, Pakistan Youth Outreach conducted a Basic Mountaineering School for boys and girls in Shimshal at Malangutti Glacier, the participants were from different schools. Among the participants there were Bibi Numa (10th Grade), Shumaila Biag (10th Grade), Mudasir Pannah (9th Grade) , Nargis Murtaza (9th Grade), Shah Dualat (5th Grade) ,Afsana Tafat (6th Grade), Muhammad Habib (4th Grade), Arshad Karim and Samina Baig.

The training was overseen by Mr Yausaf Khan former Pakistan Army climber and Mr Tafat Shah the best technical and experienced mountaineer, myself as PYO Founding President also supervised the training. Jennifer Rawlins Youth Outreaches main supporter was also on the training. The kids enjoyed the outdoor and the basics of mountaineering and wanted similar training for them in the future. The PYO’s objective is to encourage youth and women’s outdoor and adventure activities and spread this across Pakistan and world to bring a peaceful and healthy environment for youths and also encourage nature studies and research work on high mountain settlements and glaciers as well as study tours as part of recreation for fresh mind for studies!

The expedition was organized with help of individual donations, apart from individuals the Danish Embassy also donated for the expedition. The Danish support is to convey a different and positive side of Pakistan than you would normally see in the media and thereby to support development in Gilgit-Baltistan

We are very grateful to the Danish Embassy, Eloise Fox Peyman for donations. We thank Jennifer Rawlins “for coming to Pakistan in the extreme weather condition and becoming part of the team and giving a positive image to other women around the world showing that Pakistan is safe and secure as well as welcoming every folk to enjoy a Karakorum adventure”. We also thank Carol Anne Grayson for her support and article and hope to share much more in the near future about our projects. We also appreciate those individuals who sent their personal donations! We are here just because of you people and your support and hope to have your support in the future as well to make PYO objectives possible! Thank you ALL! Interested people can join us on our future trainings on mixed or purely female expeditions to virgin and other mountains in the Karakorum!

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First Pakistani Women on Winter Expedition In the Karakorum Pakistan.

Author: Mirza Ali

First Pakistani Women  on Winter Expedition

In the Karakorum Pakistan

Mingligh Sar 6050m Karakorum December 2010

“A Quest Beyond Limits Part II”

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After successful joint venture of Pakistan youth Outreach & Satwa Guna to scale an unclimbed peak 6400m, Chashkin sar in the shimshal ,maidur  vilage of Karakorum , Pakistan youth outreach has been able to plan its 2nd historical adventure in the extrme  winter, this winter expedition is going to be the first pakistani women winter Expedition in Pakistan  women adventure history, Samina Baig who recently climbed an unclimbed peak and became the youngest woman mountaineer of Pakistan  to climb over 6400m,will be the woman mountaineer from Pakistan, the other woman Member of the expedition is Jennifer Rawlins ,one of the main suppter of Pakistan Youth Outreach,jennifer Rawlins is from  Atlanta United Stats of America . Along the team Mr. Mirza Ali Team Leader & Founding President of Pakistan Youth outreach, Arshad Karim, Salamat Khan,Yahya baig and the technical advisor will be Yausaf Khan a veteran Pakistani mountaineer and Ex-Army climber.

The team will climb a 6050m peak, Mingligh Sar in the shimshal Pamir of Pakistan, which was never climbed before in winter. the peak will be attempted via west ridge, climbed for the first time by Mr.Mirza ali and named, Thomas Johnese Leedert Route. The route is approximately 38 to 42 Degree, the technical level is high and need complete gears .the peak has traditional route which is south ridge.  This Peak has been famous among people for its nice ascent and summit view, including a nice view of Karakorum second highest mountain the savage mountain K2 and much more!

During the expedition, for acclimatization the team will also try to climb two 5000m mountains, Quz Sar 5850m Approximately and an unnamed and unclimbed peak approximately 5700m, the location of the peaks are close to each other at distance of three to five km.  All three mountains are at shimshal Pamir” shimshal pass”.

The expedition will start from shimshal valley ,the frontier village of pakistan, situated in the extreme karakorum ,sigregates Pak-China border and dividing point of Central asia. Shimshal village is well known for its rputed HP’s and rich culture and hospitalitty.  The village situated at 3300m above sea level ,the  temperature drops to -20 in winter. Having extreme weather in the village the extreme condition can be observed in imaginations how cold  that would be  on the mountains in the massive Karakorum!

Expedition Base camp will be established at shujrave around 4486m,from Shujrave these Mountains will be attempted. the expected temperature would be -30 to -40 (approximately)

The documentary of the expedition will be made for any leading TV channel, those who would be interested to  air it. The expedition gest is to Educate youth about mountain sports , give awareness and Promote women adventure, the second theme of the expedition is send a soft image to the world that the country is peace loving and every one is welcome to explore Pakistan, its also our aim to   expose pakistan adventure potential areas,  to show the world that pakistan is rich ,culturaly ,historicaly and its mountains are unmatched in the world, the beauty and peaceful Karakorum , Hindukush and Himalaya. These huge mountain ranges are  heaven for trekkers, photographers, culture observers, historians, researchers , film makers ,mountain and nature lovers. The  adventure potential area of Pakistan Karakorum  is  the most beautiful  and soul attracting , it’s the best  tourist attraction point in the world. The s roughness, beauty and fierce towering Mountains are all inspiring for all walk of life and interest.  the variety of adventure has been experienced by many world class adventure  lovers, trekkers and culture tour makers, its our  theme also to give exposure to Pakistan and its wonderful and unparallel beautiful mountains,valleys,glaciers  and also  encourage youth adventure and most top objective Promotion of women adventure.

The Expedition is solely Depends on Donations/Sponsors, if any one want to sponsor or donate our expeditoin as well as our program and future projects , we would thank and appreciate the favor! The second  Project of Pakistan Youth outreach, first women Pakistani women winter expeditoins , which is named “A Quest Beyond limits Part II” and the documentary will be of the same title!

Regards,

Mirza Ali

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mirzaali1022@hotmail.com

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The itinerary is as follows:

First Women  on Winter Expedition Mingligh Sar 6050m
SHIMSHAL -Hunza-Karakorum Pakistan
DATE DAY PROGRAM MODE STAY
12/1/10 1 Fly to Gilgit/Drive to Besham Flight/Bus Hotel
12/2/2010 2 Besham- Chilas Bus/Van Hotel
12/3/2010 3 Besham-Hunza Bus/Van Hotel
12/4/10 4 Hunza-Shimshal Toyota/jeep Home
12/5/2010 5 Shimshal Rest Home
12/6/2010 6 Shimshal-Furzin Trek Camp
12/7/10 7 Furzin Purian Trek Camp
12/8/2010 8 Purian-Shujrave Trek Camp
12/9/2010 9 Shujrave Rest Camp
12/10/10 10 Shujrave-High Camp Acclimatization Camp
12/11/2010 11 Base Camp-High Camp Climb Camp
12/12/2010 12 High Camp-Summit  (Quz Sar 5850m) Climb Camp
12/13/10 13 High camp-Summit (5700m unnamed/unclimbed  peak) Climb Camp
12/14/2010 14 Base Camp Rest Camp
12/15/2010 15 Base Camp -High Camp (Mingligh 6050m) Climb Camp
12/16/10 16 high Camp -summit Climb Camp
12/17/2010 17 Base camp Rest Camp
12/18/2010 18 Shujrave-Arbob purian Trek Camp
12/19/10 19 Arbub purian -Furzin Rest Camp
12/20/2010 20 Furzin-shimshal Trek Camp
12/21/2010 21 Shimshal Rest Home/Hotel
12/22/10 22 Shimshal-Hunza Bus/Van Hotel
12/23/2010 23 Hunza-Gilgit Drive Hotel
12/24/2010 24 Gilgit-Flight/Drive Drive Hotel
12/25/10 25 Besham/Islamabad Drive Hotel
12/26/2010 26 Islamabad End of Expedition HOME

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Himalaya 2010 climbing season, Karakoram and Himalaya wrap-up /27/ – Week in Review.

The ride is feared more than the actual climb by many Himalaya mountaineers, and for good reason. There were no survivors in the Lukla bound plane crash three weeks ago. Intense monsoon rains continue to make things difficult. The road to Tibet is jammed due to landslides; loads of snow is falling on Everest’s north side, numerous Khumbu-bound teams are stuck in KTM and the Manaslu trail has been flooded.

In other news: the debate continues, did she or didn’t she? Miss Oh is facing close opposition while no new facts have actually emerged. One who didn’t is Christian Stangl who shocked the community when finally forced to come clean about his K2 no-summit.

And the world turns: Himalaya fall season has kicked off with an unusual number of bold attempts announced. Plus there’s plenty of action around the world.

Everest Two climbers are currently aiming for the second solo climb of Everest (after Messner’s): Spanish Alberto Zerain via the Hornbein Couloir, and Japanese Nobukazu Kuriki by climbing up from Nepal. Alberto Zerain reached slightly over 7,000 meters on Changtse peak last week to acclimatize and has moved BC to the base of Everest’s north face with his two mates. Sharing the same goal (Hornbein) the Italian expedition reported that Tibetans are now a minority in Lhasa. Most foreign websites are blocked, and the team also had their tourist guide-book confiscated at the airport customs. Meanwhile, on the other side of Everest, Eric Larsen is slowly approaching south side BC. The weather has been so poor that there have been few flights to Lukla. There are no tourists around, “everyone is stuck in Kathmandu,” Eric reported.

Ang Tshering Sherpa reports from Nepal: Plane crash, Mingma’s 13th 8000er, floods, and upcoming Everest action Asian Trekking’s Ang Tshering Sherpa has submitted a juicy report informing about Mingma Sherpa’s 12th and 13th 8000er summits, the devastating effects of floods in central Asia, and three expeditions on Everest this fall season.

ExWeb interview with Eric Larsen: “Even in the fall, Everest is hardly the solitary experience of polar travel” Everest season is on, with at least four teams tackling the mountain at its loneliest, snow-laden face. Isolation won’t be a problem for polar skier and kayaker Eric Larsen who, together with a Sherpa team, will have the mountain to themselves as well as all the work on the south side route.

K2 Magic Line climbers Corominas & Tosas for the south face of Lhotse They were known as “the Pirates of K2” back in 2004–the Spanish team who achieved the first repetition of the mythical “Magic Line”. Summiteer Jordi Corominas and mate Jordi Tosas are now back for a new variation route on the south face of Lhotse, in alpine style.

Manaslu There is no snow in BC according to Carlos Pauner who reached the place on foot with Javi Pérez, Xavi Arias and Unai due to the rains. Also of the 2004 K2 Magic Line team, Oscar Cadiach (with daughter Julia Cadiach) and Xavi Perez will set off for Manaslu next week.

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The image proof: Stangl did not summit K2 In an encore from last year, the only summit on K2 this season was scrubbed. Christian Stangl was accused of dreaming up the entire push up in his “rock-hotel” much lower down. The morning after ExplorersWeb asked Stangl for comments regarding a picture resembling his “summit-shot”, Stangl fessed up to local media.

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Mathieu Bonnier continued Northwest Passage row from Resolute Bay In July Frenchman Mathieu Bonnier started rowing from Qaanaaq in Greenland towards Resolute Bay and on through the Northwest Passage. Enroute to Resolute – now left behind – Mathieu encountered sea ice that blocked his way and icebergs and colonies of walruses that were best avoided.

Mongolia-Russia canoe update: Arriving at Lake Baikal, Siberia Sarah, Eric, Elsa and Ulysse arrived in the delta of the Selenge River just before reaching Lake Baikal. The waters were separated into as many small rivers. The Russian landscape changed; mountains disappeared and cooler temperatures are expected.

Charlie Frew’s off-road drive through Mongolia finished The Mongolian chapter of Charlie’s off-road expedition has come to an end. On August 27 he crossed to Siberia towards Murmansk in the Arctic Circle. He needs to beat the winter storms, says Charlie, and tells about eagle hunters in Mongolia, demanding border guards and helpful Kazaks.

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Erden Eruc update: Preparing for piracy mode Out on the Indian ocean, global circumnavigator Erden explains why a pair of antipode is important and tells about his “streamlined dispatch system” – Contact5 – and his one stop shop for hard to find expedition essentials. Yet as an easy target for pirates and ransom demands with his slow pace, Erden may not have much valuables with him as he rows solo from Australia to the east coast of Africa.

Last stage for Phoenicia The Phoenicia is surfing East in the Mediterranean and close to finishing the full circle of Africa. In its final stages, the 21 meter replica of a 600BC Phoenician cargo ship battled heavy shipping in the Gibraltar Strait and gale force wind in the Med.

Peter Gostelow Africa cycle update: Mosquito bed nets and unspoiled beaches Peter has been out on the road from London to Cape Town through Africa for a year now. Currently in Liberia where the food prices are very high, in Sierra Leone he helped hand out mosquito bed nets as malaria kills millions there.

Helen Lloyd’s Africa cycle: Through Cameroon Helen left London 12 months and 15,605 km ago. In her latest update from Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon, she wrote about the battle with her tired legs and came to the conclusion it is all in her mind.

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Yanni Piveropoulos salt flat return trip Yanni Piveropoulos did a return trek of Salar de Uyuni, a salt flat in Bolivia. His trailer was a modification on a design he saw people using in the streets of La Paz, for hauling loads around. He told ExWeb about the challenges of a salt flat, leaking water bottles, and the indescribable Milky Way.

Vogel Family on Bikes update: The cancer kids of Cochabamba Following an emotional visit in a Bolivian hospital Nancy Vogel set up a charity fund for the cancer kids there. The Vogels further met up with the Verhage family and their 12- and 14-year old boys who also cycle the Americas.

Laura Dekker enjoying peace and space “It was a great first stage and I feel good when looking back,” says 14-year old Laura with the Canary Islands in sight. Both she and ‘Guppy’ manage very well alone at sea. Laura says it is a very different experience at sea and enjoys peace, space, sleeping, eating, navigating and the dolphins. 

The times they are a-changin Not only are age spans widening; now ladies are everywhere: At only 18, Samina Khayal summited the unclimbed Chashkin Sar (6,400m) in Shimshal. “Times have changed, and today women in Pakistan are working in areas previously designated for men (such as an army or police officer),” organizers told ExWeb. “This is part of a larger project that will culminate with a Pakistani woman climbing Everest, as Nepalese, Iranian and Indian women have done.”

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First pakistani girl topped up Chashkin Sar, unclimbed 6400m peak in the Karakorum Pakistan.

Author: Mirza Ali

On 30 of August 2010 at 8:03am, Pakistani standard time, first pakistani girl, Samina Baig 18years old, topped up Chashkin Sar 6400m, Unclimbed Peak, in the extreme karakorum, shimshal village in the Hunza Giligit region. Along her Brother Mirza Ali (Leader), Stelian Pavalache ( Film Maker and Photographer – Romania ), Tafat Shah, Yahya  Baig, Salamat Khan and Arshad Karim.
Samina Khayal is dweller  of Shimshal village, land of peerless mountaineers and  well known HP’s.
The project  concept was made by Mirza Ali, founding President of Pakistan Youth Outreach, a youth mountaineering education, awareness and women adventure promotion program.

The project main objective was to make a documentary to promote women adventure in Pakistan, for that reason, Pakistan Youth Outreach and Satwa Guna Illusion of Forms Project (Stelian Pavalache), made a joint venture, to make the documentary about Shimshali people and first Pakistani girl to climb a 6400m, unclimbed peak in the shimshal karakorum. The peak has been remained Samina Peak.

Regards,

Mirza Ali

Ph # 0092-313-9992210

mirzaali1022@hotmail.com

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Himalayan 2010 wrap-up: the season’s soaked kick-off.

ExWeb special on Everest 2010: The autumn of the solo climbers.

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Himalaya 2010 climbing season, Karakoram and Himalaya wrap-up /26/ – Week in Review.

Swedish sky-skier lost and a flood affecting more people than ever: the final chapter of the 2010 Karakoram climbing summer offered little joy. Austrian skyrunner Christian Stangl bagged the only K2 summit this season in a lonely 70 hours-long push up the Abruzzi Spur.

In other news: Check out interviews, Solo North Pole flight photos, the Amazon walker who is finished after more than 2 years though the jungle, plus 14-year old Laura Dekker who has set sail on the first leg of her sail around the world. Alberto Zerain and a massive Everest & Himalaya 2010 Season’s End Chronicles are kicking off the Himalaya fall season and on the tech side – CONTACT Augmented is the next step.

Everest north side: Alberto Zerain acclimatizing at 6,000m Already at the foot of Everest, Alberto Zerain has reached 6,000 in a first acclimatization trip. The Basque climber was forced to set up BC at 5,500 – ABC is out of reach for yaks due to heavy snow on the glacier. Alberto is alone on the Tibetan side of the mountain for a solo attempt of the Supercouloir.

Pakistan: K2 climbers devastated by the loss of Fredrik Ericsson The amazing Swedish sky-skier fell to his death while on summit push in the Bottleneck with Gerlinde. Maxut Zhumayev and Vassiliy Pivtsov, Fabrizio, a devastated Gerlinde – all except for Stangl finally aborted their own attempts. Rain soaked K2 BC as they paid tribute to Fredrik; meanwhile fresh floods enlarged the path of destruction along the Indus river banks.

Pakistan floods update “I have seen nothing like this,” UN chief Ban Ki-Moon said. “It’s the worst flood I’ve witnessed in my life,” ExplorersWeb Pakistan correspondent Karrar Haidri agreed. “It’s a disaster,” American Fabrizio Zangrilli confirmed from Skardu end last week.

Christian Stangl K2 summit pic and report: “It was not fun at all” Austrian skyrunner Christian Stangl bagged the only K2 summit this season on Aug 12th, at 10:00am, in a lonely 70 hours-long push up the Abruzzi Spur. He is the only climber who has reached K2 summit this season. “If mountain climbing were as the last 70 hours here at K2, I would immediately stop,” he said back in BC. Check out his report and summit pic at ExWeb.

ExWeb special report on “impossible” K2 & BP double-headers – American Chris Warner: “It is so alluring, that goal!” Year after year, a handful of Karakoram climbers try the Broad Peak and K2 double-header – only to return with one summit at best. Why is that? ExWeb asked around some seasoned climbers.

Everest & Himalaya 2010 Season’s End Chronicles It’s that time again: Himalaya fall season is kicking off. Meanwhile, ExplorersWeb’s contributor Brazilian Rodrigo Granzotto has done a massive job compiling the spring season:

Part 1 covers 8000er Collectors, Everest Serial Summiteers and Lost Climbers.
Part 2: The final chapter of the race between Edurne Pasaban and Oh Eun-Sun for the first female 14x8000ers ascent.
Part 3: Climbers joining the 14x8000er summiteers’ club, historic records, other “firsts” achieved in spring 2010 plus the controversies (Ed note/correction: Juanito’s Annapurna summit is valid unless the community changes rules for descents.)
Part 4 finally covers serial summiteers, lower peaks, new routes, rescues and Sherpa racers.

HumanEdgeTech presents: Contact Augmented Augmented reality mixes real-world environment with virtual reality features. CONTACT made lightweight satellite communication possible. CONTACT Augmented is the next step and Tom Sjogren at HumanEdgeTech explained all about it.

ExWeb interview with Sean Burch Known for his super-fast ascents, American Sean Burch is about to cross Nepal on foot from India to Tibet on the Great Himalaya Trail. He will be climbing and running at altitudes over 20,000 ft during 10-15hr shifts per day. Sean will be dispatching over CONTACT A and told ExplorersWeb that the fly-in software rocks.

Laura Dekker sets off on her circumnavigation 14-year old Dutch sailor Laura Dekker set sail August 21 on the first leg of her sail around the world. During the last two weeks Laura did some preparations in Portugal but set out from from Gibraltar to avoid press attention.

North Pole Yacht Race: Neck to neck Norwegian explorer Børge Ousland and his crew has just sailed in to the Laptev Sea in the North East Passage. A little bit further southeast the Russian expedition Peter 1st battling it out with the ice.The Russians have had a substantial lead. But not anymore.

ExWeb’s Oceans Editor Jon Amtrup about sailing around Svalbard: “Safety is a state of mind” Norwegian Skipper Jon Amtrup set sail around Svalbard on ‘Explorer North’ an Ovni 435. She is in aluminum, insulated, has a lifting keel, an ideal boat for these waters, says Jon. He tells ExWeb about a first encounter with a polar bear, the remoteness and the promising ice conditions that could change 24hrs.

Lipton Cup Sailing Challenge about to start in Cape Town Sailors from Southern Africa are competing in the Lipton Cup Challenge, which is being sailed in Table Bay from Sunday, August 22. Teams from Namibia, South Africa and Mozambique challenge against each other in L26 yachts. The youngest sailor is 13 years old.

Solo North Pole flight photos American Wayne Maynard made a 1,844 nautical mile solo flight from Resolute Bay to the North Pole and back in a Cessna 350. He sent through some photos to ExplorersWeb that he took enroute. Some of the pics are of his navigation equipment showing the variation and the effect of the Magnetic North Pole.

ExWeb Interview with Sarah McNair-Landry, “The North Pole is a race against the clock” In March-April 23-year old Sarah McNairy-Landry followed her parents by guiding a ski expedition from Canada to the North Pole. She told ExWeb about the race against the clock, the challenging navigation at the end, plus some about her current canoe expedition in Mongolia and Russia.

Eric Brossier and his hybrid-motorboat in Greenland Captain Eric Brossier and France Pinczon du Sel from Vagabond fame are in Greenland with a hybrid-motorboat equipped with diesel and electrical engines, 10 square meters of solar panels, two wind turbines and three sails. To complete the crew their 3-year old and 5-month old daughters are accompanying them.

Greenland update: Eide and team skiing towards DYE II Christian Eide crossed the Icecap in May. He is back with another team for what was originally planned as an autumn crossing on the same route, from east to west. Too much meltwater on the west caused the closure of the route and Christian is curious how the conditions compare to his 3 previous autumn trips.

Trans-Kalahari adventure run in Botswana kicked off Greg Maud, Kirsi Montonen and Jukka Viljanen started their 1000 km adventure run across the Kalahari in Botswana, Southern Africa.

Kenya run update: Over halfway Chris Rhys Howarth who is attempting a 1,100 miles (1,770 km) run across Kenya reported incredible views while running in the shadow of Mount Kenya.

Extreme Mountain biking: 6000m up a volcano Germans Frank Hülsemann, Markus de Marees and Andre Hauschke challenged themselves to cycle from sea level to above 6000m up the volcano Ojos del Salado in Chile. Altitude sickness forced two cyclists down but Andre Hauschke made it to 6085m without carrying or pushing his bike.

Two around-the-world cycling speed attempts finished Alan Bate (45) finished his around-the-world cycle speed attempt in Bangkok after 114 days. He nearly collapsed during the last leg in Thailand because of food poisoning. Four days before Alan another Brit, Vin Cox (35), finished his around-the-world speed attempt, which he completed in 164 days.

Daydreamed himself to the longest rivers Adventurer Mark Kalch is making the final preparations for his next big thing. He has daydreamed himself in to a massive undertaking called the “7 rivers, 7 continents” project – an attempt to make human-powered descents of the longest river on every continent.

Amazon walker: It is finished after more than 2 years though the jungle “The cynics have been silenced – it is possible to walk the Amazon – we’ve just done it,” wrote Ed Stafford after finishing the 28 month challenge. He and teammate Gadiel “Cho” Sanchez finished at the sea on the east coast of Brazil after starting from the source of the Amazon.

ExWeb interview with Roger Chao and Megan Kerr (final) “Be aware of cultural and religious traditions” As a woman she had to keep a low profile in strict Muslim areas, Megan told ExWeb. During their journey in Central Asia there were times that they felt unsafe, Roger added, but most people were nice. Read about the tension between the different ethnic groups and how to stay out of trouble.

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K2 and Broad Peak Polish Expedition 2010 – relacje, cz.5.

Wyprawa : K2 and Broad Peak Polish Expedition 2010.

19 czerwca rozpoczęła się polska wyprawa na drugi szczyt świata K2 (8611 m). Jej oficjalna nazwa brzmi: „K2 and Broad Peak Polish Expedition 2010”.

W skład wyprawy wchodzą: Bogusław Ogrodnik (kierownik), Anna Czerwińska, Dariusz Załuski, Kinga Baranowska, Tamara Styś, Marcin Miotk i Tomasz Kobielski. Ponadto w wyprawie udział wezmą: Rosjanin Jurij Jermaszek oraz lekarka Patrycja Jonetzko.

W planach ekspedycji jest wejście na K2 drogą Basków (zwaną też czasem Drogą Česena). Być może alpiniści aklimatyzować się będą na sąsiednim Broad Peaku (8051 m), stąd również ten szczyt znalazł się w nazwie wyprawy.

Uczestnicy wyprawy lecą do Islamabadu. Następnie do Skardu, skąd udadzą się karawaną poprzez lodowiec Baltoro do bazy pod K2.

Polish K2 Broad Peak Expedition 2010: relacje – cz.5.

Siedzimy wszyscy już trzeci dzień w bazie. Wokół okropna pogoda, pada deszcz ze śniegiem! Deszcz powyżej 5 tysięcy metrów, dziwne zjawisko na tej wysokości, ale ponoć w Karakorum nie takie rzadkie. Jedyną wątpliwą zaletą jest fakt, że nie zasypuje nam bazy świeżym śniegiem, tylko wszystko od razu topnieje.

Mamy nad nami jakiś ciepły front, który skutecznie psuje pogodę w rejonie K2. Według prognoz może poprawi się po 3–4 sierpnia, więc cierpliwie czekamy, nic innego nie jesteśmy w stanie zrobić.

Jeszcze kilka dni temu wszyscy byliśmy podekscytowani próbą ataku. Podzieleni na dwie grupy, które wyszły z bazy 24 i 25 lipca zmierzaliśmy w kierunku szczytu. Pierwsza grupa miała atakować 27 lipca, w niej Kinga, Tamara i Darek. Reszta ekipy, z przystankiem w obozie trzecim planowała atak 29 lipca, już po zejściu pierwszej trójki. Niestety już 26 było wiadomo, że ewentualne szanse ma tylko pierwszy zespół. Prognoza rokowała tylko na wejście 27, później pogoda gwałtownie się zmieniała. Zapowiedź silnego wiatru i opadów na 29 zatrzymała drugi zespół w połowie drogi w górę. Zeszliśmy do bazy i obserwowaliśmy poczynania Kingi, Tamary i Darka. Niestety 26 dotarli z powodu wiatru zbyt późno w rejony obozu czwartego. Rozstawili namioty w tzw. niższej czwórce, około godziny przed ramieniem K2. Podjęli decyzję o zejściu następnego dnia. Pogoda nie była taka, jak mówiła prognoza, wiec próba wejścia na szczyt mogła być zbyt ryzykowna. Liczymy, że pogoda niebawem się poprawi. U góry pada śnieg i oblepia skały. Jeśli będzie tak jeszcze przez kilka dni, może skończyć się to poważnym zagrożeniem lawinowym na naszej drodze. Droga do jedynki po opadach to zawsze loteria. Trzeba będzie poczekać dzień, dwa, aby spadły lawiny i dopiero można będzie działać. Liny poręczowe znów pod śniegiem do wyrywania lub do naprawy, droga na nowo do przetorowania. Łatwo nie będzie, ale duch w zespole ciągle jest!

Pozdrawiamy,
K2 Broad Peak Polish Expedition 2010

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Himalaya 2010 climbing season, Karakoram and Himalaya wrap-up /25/ – Week in Review.

American mountaineer Ryan Waters and his team of Elbrus climbers were among the 105 passengers freed from a hijacked plane by Russian special forces today.

In other news: few summits in Karakoram so far and all K2 pushes aborted. Norwegian Plur Nilssen was pulled out of the tent by a polar bear. Wayne Maynard made it to the North Pole alone in his aircraft, 14-year-old Laura Dekker is free to sail and Jury-rigged Franco-Italian Alessandro Di Benedetto finished his circumnavigation.

Boulder climber Ryan Waters after being freed by Caucasus plane hijack attempt: “All is OK” American mountaineer and recent Antarctica record skier Ryan Waters of Boulder is safe following an attempted hijacking of a domestic plane from Caucasus to Moscow. Ryan had just led a successful 8 person international team of members from US and Brazil up Elbrus for Mountain Professionals and was on the way to Moscow to fly back home when the hijack attempt took place.

Svalbard kayakers attacked by Polar Bear Norwegians Sebastian Plur Nilssen, 22, and Ludvig Fjeld, 22, had a nightmare awakening on Svalbard Thursday. Plur Nilssen was pulled out of the tent by a polar bear and dragged off until his expedition partner managed to shoot the animal.

Wayne Maynard’s flight across the North Pole For safety reasons, pilots assisting polar skiers always fly with a co-pilot and have fuel depots en route. But on July 27 at 3:50 pm Wayne Maynard made it to the North Pole alone in his aircraft. The 61-year old solo aviator made a victory flight over the Pole for his charity, took pictures, filmed a short video and made phone calls to donors, friends and family before he headed back to Canada.

Teen sail update: Dekker is free to sail The 14-year-old Dutch girl Laura Dekker has been allowed to sail solo around the world by the court. She is back in the care of her parents, and as long as they agree she can start her plans for a record sail. She will start her circumnavigation in two weeks.

GI and GII double-header bagged Early G1 summit claims around July 20 were left unconfirmed or denied by the climbers themselves. Canadian Don Bowie and Russian Alexei Bolotov’s attempt ended VERY close from target, in chest-deep snow and unstable snow slabs underneath. But, “If you can’t ride that thing like a pony, you ain’t on top!” Bowie “quoted” John Wayne and returned for another shot one week later. On July 29, Bowie and Bolotov summited G1 at last together with American Marty Schmidt and Czechs Radek Jaros and Libor Uher who completed their GI and GII double-header.

Tale from the northern “wild” side of GI After prevailing over solitude, lack of information and Chinese red-tape; avalanches on the virgin face finally forced Italians Daniele, Mario and Herve to abort their alpine-style attempt. Montagna.org editor Sara Sottocornola told ExplorersWeb, “Both Mario and Daniele have climbed Annapurna, and yet they were shocked at watching GI seracs and constant avalanches triggering down from every point of the wall.”

Climbing with a HAP on K2, only three days after arrival in BC Bulgarian Petar Georgiev Unzhiev reportedly went directly to Camp 1 and on to Camp 2 the next day. Fellow mountaineers on the route reported that Petar seemed unwell but trusted the HAP would look after him. After pitching the tent and brewing up, Petar’s HAP however returned to base camp. The next day Petar was found dead inside his C2 tent. Cause of death was probably HACE according to American Trey Cook, climbing with Swedish ski-mountaineer Fredrik Ericsson.

K2 Deep, unstable snow and wind increased during the night finally forced down all climbers pushing for K2 summit via the Cesen route on July 27. A second bid is planned by some, such as FTA and Korean Mr. Cha. Maxut Zhumaiev and Vassiliy Pivtsov arrived at K2 BC on July 25 after trekking along the shortest possible route via Gondogora La. The Kazakhs plan a fast acclimatization round on the Cesen route, collaborating with the Polish team through Russian Yuri Ermachek.

ExWeb interview with FTA: “Don’t expect tea served to you in your tent at C3 in the Karakoram” Although not strictly guided, Field Touring Alpine is one of the few “commercial” expeditions attempting K2. Stu Remensnyder plus guides Fabrizio Zangrilli and Chris Szymiec told ExWeb about the double-header strategy, collaboration with other teams and the real meaning of a “commercial” expedition in the Karakoram 8000ers.

Broad Peak: nothing is impossible Slovakia Marmota expedition, the Russians and Norwegians Peter and Alexander reckon that “everything is possible and nothing is impossible for too long,” amidst massive snowfalls.

GII Altitude Junkies team leader Phil Crampton reported that while he and four other climbers were forced back by high winds, Freddy reached the top on the 18th along with his friends Pasang Lama and Pemba Sherpa and two Korean climbers from the Korean expedition (a Swedish media report stating that Fredrik Strang rescued fellow mountaineers with wild swings of his ice-axe has not been verified). Phil Crampton reported from BC Tuesday that the remains of the team is holding out at BC for improved weather.

J’Accuse: “Summit Sweeper” Arian Lemal strikes again “Staring at the atrocity for ten minutes, I counted 21 shredded-semi-buried-in-the-ice tents,” Arian reported from a junk-filled C4 on GII. “I also found “newish” empty gas canisters and food wrappers […] without asking, climbers believe it to be acceptable and maybe ‘useful’ to leave their unconsumed food for others. In my opinion, this is like abandoning rubbish,” he stated from BC.

Italians Daniele Nardi and Lorenzo Angelozzi are on their way to 6,300 meters Hassin Peak in Hushe valley. The “Hassin Peak Freedom 2010” expedition will climb in alpine style and hope to bag the spire’s first summit ever. According to the Italians, Hassim has been only attempted once, by a Canadian expedition.

Ama Dablam spring 2010: Russian debrief and reply to Philippe Gatta Eugeny Voronov took the thermos, and only the thermos he says, believing it had been left there by Zelenograd climbers. He then gave it back with an apology. He did not take the food and gas. Check out the Russian’s debrief and – um – feisty reply to Philippe Gatta.

ExWeb Interview with Sebastian Copeland, “filming goes on top of the demanding physical requirements” Sebastian and Eric McNair-Landry hold the world record for the longest kite ski distance travelled in a 24h period. Sebastian documents his extreme expeditions on film and told ExWeb about caring for cameras and filming in sub-zero temperatures.

ExWeb interview with Eric McNair-Landry, “I’m a kiter; I want to see the limits of this sport pushed” Setting a kite ski distance world record in June, Eric told ExplorersWeb all about the record setting day, navigating while kiting, and the gear he used on the record breaking trip.

Salt flat solo crossing coming up Greek adventurer Yanni Piveropoulos is in the final stage of preparing for his solo, unassisted, unsupported trek from west to east across Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat located in Bolivia at an altitude of 3,656 meters (11,995 ft).

Charlie Frew’s Trans Eurasian off-road Expedition Charlie Frew is attempting a 25,000 mile off-road expedition through parts of the world’s most fragile environments and remotest habitable places. Starting in May he is currently in Mongolia making his way across Asia and Europe and aiming to finish in May 2011 in Portugal.

Mongolia: Ripley Davenport evacuated Ripley passed the 1000 mile mark while trekking in the Altai Valley on his attempted solo crossing of Mongolia. Losing his footing on a steep slope, he was evacuated with injuries.

Iceland: ExWeb interview with Christopher Mike Two years ago Brit Christopher Mike became the first person to walk solo across Iceland. He spoke to ExWeb about the route, the challenges and feasibility of a winter Iceland crossing, and the responsibility that adventurers have regarding their own safety and towards the host country.

Iceland: Crossing lava and glacier fields Nearing Kotlutangi, the most southern point of Iceland, during the past week Louis-Philippe Loncke crossed a lava field and a section of Vatnajökull Glacier.

Girls around Britain: Setting a new record The Seagals Belinda Kirk, Laura Thomasson, Beverly Ashton and Angela Madsen passed under London’s Tower Bridge Friday 23rd July and set a new new Guinness world record of 51 days 16 hours and 42 minutes for an all-female crew rowing unaided around Britain.

North Pole Yacht Race: Russians in trouble Russian bureaucracy was a challenge even to the Russian expedition but the Russian steel yacht Peter 1 left Murmansk July 14th and got a gale pushing them North fast the first couple of days. Close to the top of Novaja Semlja they dealt with contaminated freshwater tanks.

Challenging ice conditions in the Arctic Several sailboats will try to go through the Northwest and Northeast Passage this Arctic summer. It is not a given that they succeed, says Arctic ice expert and adventurer Knut Espen Solberg: one of the foremost experts on Arctic ice conditions who has lived and sailed in the area.

Jury-rigged Italian finishes circumnavigation On Thursday July 22nd Franco-Italian Alessandro Di Benedetto arrived back in Les Sables d’Olonne, France. Alessandro spent the past 268 days circumnavigating the world in a 6.5 meter yacht solo. The last part, the whole Atlantic, of it with a jury rig.

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