We learned that the first person was dead when we were
baking the cake. By the time I blew the candles out, the second person was
dying. This was my fourth birthday celebrated in Pakistan, and like all the others
it was more painful than fun.
Camp 1 to Camp 2: "Ooooohhhhh Fudge. But I didn't say fudge. I said the queen mother of all swear words."
- Ralphie, "A Christmas Story"
Chris left Camp 1 at approximately 4:15 AM with the rest of
the team following in trace forty-five minutes later. It was quickly apparent that this was not
going to be an "average" day in the mountains.
Due to the warm weather and afternoon rain showers followed by freezing
temperatures in the Diamar Valley and lower elevations of Nanga Parbat, our day
would be spent climbing almost twenty five hundred feet of vertical ice.
Base Camps on mountain expeditions can present in a variety
of ways: on snow, on rock, or in our case on a beautiful terraced meadow
perched on the flanks of Nanga Parbat. It is
summer here so the wildflowers are abundant and spectacular, providing a rich
colorful landscape for strolling from the dining tent, to the sleeping tent, to
the communications tent, to the shower tent.
Drinking, cooking, and cleaning water come from a crystal clear glacial
spring that runs 100 feet behind our dining tent.
The Shared Summits Team is at it again. This time they are on there way
to Nanga Parbat, the 9th tallest mountain and about as deadly at K2. This video is an introduction to the expedition and the team. [ Play Video ]
Dispatch 1: The Trek to Base Camp
Written by Ashley Gateless
Thursday, 10 July 2008
We arrived in base camp this morning after a
long journey, excited for the real adventure to begin. Our team united in Islamabad,
then traveled by bus along the Indus river by way of the Karakorum highway. This highway is about 1
1/2 lanes in width, bordered by potential rock falls on one side and a steep
descent to the river bed below on the other.