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Follow Along: Dispatch One: Climb headquarters is the Field
Touring office in North Perth, Australia. In the build up to departure we are
attending mainly to equipment details, making sure the right stoves go over,
that they will screw onto the gas bottles in Pakistan we have purchased,
topping up the med kit, organizing satellite phone connections and permits.
Check here for the full dispatch.
Leader: Mike Hale (USA)
Deputy Leader Paxti Goni
13 members from USA, Australia,
Belgium, Basque, Pakistan and Canada. Expected at basecamp June 20
This will be an International
Expedition, with members from USA, Italy, Czech Republic, UK, and Australia, and
while being organized to the highest degree, will remain essentially unguided
once at the high camps. As such members are self supporting, have previous
alpine experience above 6,000 meters, and are able to work as an integral part
of a climbing team.
The ascent route will be via the
original Diemberger route following the occasionally indistinguishable west
line. The trip has allocated 50 days to operate from Islamabad, with just
under 30 days of climbing possible. Such a period of time will be required for
the team to reach optimum acclimatization and to allow for inclement weather.
Named for its triple summitted
crest and substantial breadth, Broad Peak lies in a spectacular and remote
region of the Pakistani Karakorum directly opposite K2.
Climbing the mountain is a
demanding undertaking, and although the route is mostly non-technical and
objectively safe (following crest ridges for the majority of the ascent), it
remains a significant 8,000m objective.
Some background and History