Teams arriving in Pakistan: Broad Peak traverse and K2 ski descent ahead

Posted: Jun 02, 2010 04:57 pm EDT

Early birds arrive earlier by each year in Pakistan. The Polish are already at work on Nanga Parbat; others are in Islamabad preparing to hit the Karakoram. Below some more of the coolest attempts:

Basques for Broad Peak's 3 summits traverse

Spanish 14x8000er climber Alberto Iñurrategi is teaming up with regular mates Juan Vallejo and Mikel Zabalza to repeat a feat done just once before: the complete traverse of Broad Peak's three summits. The climb will go in alpine style.

Always looking to keep the difficulty bar as high as the altitude, this Basque BAT team has attempted Everest Supercouloir, Gasherbrum III+IV, and Makalu West Pillar before - all in pure alpine style. Alberto, Juan and Mikel departed Spain earlier today.

Skier Fredrik Ericsson back to K2

Ski-mountaineering is blowing up and K2 is just about as bad as it gets. Last year the attempt cost him his Italian friend: still hoping to become the first person to ski the worlds three highest mountains, Swedish ski mountaineer Fredrik Ericsson is now returning to K2, teaming up with American alpine journalist Trey Cook.

There will be no 02 or porters. "In addition to the gear all climbers carry Ill also be carrying my ski equipment and wearing ski touring boots which are not nearly as warm, comfortable or functional as climbing boots. This makes the climb much more challenging but also more rewarding," Fred said prior departure.

Ericsson attempted to climb and ski K2 last year - the expedition came to a sad end when his mate Michele Fait fell to his death while skiing down from C2 on the Cesen route - the same line Ericsson plans to climb.

"The ski descent is expected to take five hours," Fredrik's home team reported. "The descent from the summit all the way to base camp has a vertical drop of almost 3500 meters and has very steep sections of up to 50 degrees."

Fredrik and Trey reached Skardu yesterday.

Keep K2/Baltoro clean

An Italian team by EV KK2 CNR, collaborating with several organizations in Pakistan plus the country's Alpine Club, will launch two clean-up expeditions: one along the Baltoro valley and another to K2's high camps where they hope to retrieve solid waste.

"Many top climbers and experts gathered at the kick-off ceremony in Islamabad, including Nazir Sabir (president of the Alpine Club of Pakistan) to describe and discuss all details concerning the two upcoming cleaning expeditions," ExWeb Pakistan correspondent Karrar Haidri reported.

Mike Horn & kids on trek

Mike Horn, leading a team of eight teenagers on the Baltoro trek, also received a celebrity recep in town.
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Swede Fredrik Ericsson in Skardu yesterday.
courtesy Fredrik Ericsson, SOURCE
Alberto Iñurrategi climbing Everest Supercouloir some years ago.
courtesy BAT Basque team
Italian clean-up expedition members and their Pakistani hosts at the welcome reception event in Islamabad last weekend.
Image by Karrar Haidri courtesy Karrar Haidri
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