Pakistan climbing: Nanga Parbat head start

Posted: Jun 18, 2012 09:25 pm EDT

(Newsdesk) Nanga Parbat is where the action is right now in Pakistan.

According to his webmaster Romanian Zsolt Torok (K2 attempt in 2010) is climbing Diamir face with Americans Kathy Koslicki and Bob Semborski. As of last week the three were the only expedition on the face, building route to camp 2 (6100m) in masses of snow.

Zsolt had been to 6000 meters over night in bad weather when on Thursday a huge avalanche apparently wrecked a big part of BC and Zsolt's tent in C1. There are no injuries but the camps will need to be rebuilt. More news is expected from Minerva shortly.

Over on the Mazeno Ridge route the climb is on as well. BC set up, Cathy reports (check feeds) that a number of acclimatization and caching trips will be needed over the next week. So far the expedition Sherpas have fixed parts of the route and pushed to 5900 meters, while the remaining climbers reached the ridge at 5650 m.

Pakistan kick-off interview: Cathy O'Dowd, Nanga Parbat the hard way.

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Sandy and Rick are reported safely back in BC.
Image by Cathy O'Dowd courtesy Cathy O'Dowd, SOURCE