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FTA's Dave Hancock posing with a machine-gun in Bin Laden's hiding place Abbottabad. "This was shot some years before the US found OBL hiding there," Dave told ExplorersWeb. "Little did we know, I've been there about 8 times!"
courtesy Dave Hancock - FTA, SOURCE

ExWeb special: Climbing in post-Bin Laden Pakistan

Posted: Jun 02, 2011 05:56 pm EDT

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(By Angela Benavides) Over the past few years, the number of trekking groups and expeditions visiting Pakistan have been in steady decline. Last year only 234 foreign climbers in 26 mountaineering expeditions visited; this season it looks like small teams on the 7000ers will outnumber the few expeditions heading for the five 8000+ meters peaks.In addition to the effects of the global economic crisis, earthquakes and floods have devastated the country. Political unrest has linked Pakistan to bombings and terrorist attacks in...

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