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Dispatch 6: The K2 Tragedy Print E-mail
Written by Chris Everett   
Tuesday, 05 August 2008

Reprinted articles and stories associated with the recent K2 tragedy.

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2008/08/05/todd.k2.dangers.cnn?iref=videosearch

http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0806/p06s01-wosc.html?page=1

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/07/world/asia/07k2.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

 

 
Dispatch 5: Final Thoughts Print E-mail
Written by Chris Warner   
Monday, 28 July 2008

np_nangaparbat_0430_h_th.jpgWe 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.

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Dispatch 4 : Camp 1 to Camp 2 Print E-mail
Written by Eric Kapitulik   
Tuesday, 15 July 2008
nanga_parbat_0847_th.jpgCamp 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.

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Dispatch 3 : Base Camp to Camp 1 Print E-mail
Written by Nelson Laur   
Monday, 14 July 2008

nanga_parbat_1043_th.jpg I think the attitude with which you begin an event can often decide the fate of the player even before the game begins. At least that was true of our first hike up the mountain to Camp 1.

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Dispatch 2 : Base Camp Life Print E-mail
Written by Dan Jenkins   
Monday, 14 July 2008

nanga_parbat_1038_th.jpgBase 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.

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Video Dispatch 1 : Introductions Print E-mail
Written by Chris Everett   
Friday, 11 July 2008
np_vdis_1_th.jpg 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 Print E-mail
Written by Ashley Gateless   
Thursday, 10 July 2008
nanga_parbat_0278_g_th.jpgWe 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.
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