Mountain Madness K2 2002 Expedition!
DREAM: In the summer of 2002, two American climbers
- Christine Boskoff and Charlie Fowler - will travel
to northern Pakistan to scale the south side of K2.
Climbing "by fair means", without the use
of supplemental oxygen, or additional
manpower, these talented climbers will acclimate on
lower mountains, then make a rapid, alpine-style
ascent of K2 in mid-summer. If successful, Christine
will be the first American woman to climb K2.
Charlie, a professional filmmaker, will document the
ascent on video.
the world's most coveted summit is that of K2.
Rising to 8611 meters in the Karakoram mountain
range, it is the world's second highest peak; also
one of the most beautiful and challenging to climb.
The extreme altitude, severe weather and huge scale
of this peak combine to make a successful ascent an
elusive and dangerous undertaking. Despite a long
history of exploration and climbing attempts, fewer
than 200 people have stood on top, and only five
women have achieved this goal.
and Charlie will meet in Islamabad on the June
7th. Charlie just guided the successful Mountain
Madness team on Everest this spring. They will
share base camp services with the UK international
team. They hopes to arrive at base camp on the 17th
TEAM: Christine Boskoff is one of the world's most
experienced woman high altitude climber, with nine
expeditions to 8000-meter peaks to her credit
(having summitted six, including Everest ). Despite
several attempts, no American woman has come close
to succeeding on K2. Christine is uniquely qualified
to achieve this goal. She is the owner of Mountain
Madness, Inc., a climbing guide service based in
Fowler is a professional photographer, filmmaker and
writer from Norwood, Colorado. A climber for almost
35 years, he has ascended many of the world's most
difficult peaks. Charlie has explored and pioneered
new routes on rock, ice and mountains in the Andes,
the Himalaya, North America and Europe. Recent
climbs include 8000 meter peaks Cho Oyu, Everest and
Shishapangma in Tibet.
Fowler's Dispatch Index