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 International Peace & Friendship expedition to Broad Peak 2003

Dispatch Index


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.

 

Dispatch Two: Hello from balmy Islamabad - 114 F in the shade & all is well and we feel safe and are ready to go. Most team members have made it now but for one German violinist catching up in a few days time. Check here for the full dispatch.

 

Dispatch Three: We are in Skardu, reveling in the great atmosphere and food. The whole team is now together, 7 climbers from Field Touring, 3 Basques from Mendiak Etta, and 4 Greeks sharing our permit. Everybody is healthy and happy, but for a couple of minor bouts of loose bowels.  Check here for the full dispatch.

 

Dispatch Four: Well, we are finally and unmistakably on our way, camped tonight in a small wooded lot above the expanse of the Baltoro at Paiju. Check here for the full dispatch.

 

Dispatch Five: June 24: We arrived at Broad Peak base-camp today, looking up and feeling extremely humble. As we rounded the corner into the vast expanse of Concordia after lunch today, the weather did a good job of concealing the array of snow capped peaks we knew surrounded us. But not long ago the weather lifted, and we snatched our first few glimpses of these really big hills.Check here for the full dispatch.

 

Dispatch Six: Working on the route We are comfortably ensconsed in base-camp enjoying the culinary delights that our Pakistani cook has managed to muster; dishes of lentils, fried rice, soups, meats and copious quantities of chapattis.  This avalanche of food has kept us feeling healthy and is sustaining us as we get ready for increasingly higher forays onto the mountain.Check here for the full dispatch.

 

Dispatch Seven: Preparing for the first summit bids. On an expedition by basque standards you are more likely to gain weight than to lose weight, they have been filling us up with bacon strips and cheddar cheese, washed down with capuccinos and latte. Our Pakistani cook has been watching on bemused, and a little taken aback by our lack of enthusiasm for the nightly chapatti and soup supper. Check here for the full dispatch.

 

Dispatch Eight: The latest news is that the team is between camps 2 and 4 and are preparing for the summit bids within 12-24 hours. Check here for the full dispatch.

 

Dispatch 9: Our recent major effort aimed at the first of the summit bids was thwarted by the predictions of bad weather arriving on the sixth, so Mike ordered the team down, hoping the met report was accurate. Check here for the full dispatch.

 

Dispatch 10: Broad Peak base camp July 9th; The past few days here at base camp have been full of card-playing, book reading, meetings with the Spanish, Greek, Swiss, Korean, Pakistani an and Nepali elements of the growing broad peak community. Check here for the full dispatch.

 

Dispatch 11: This is a dispatch from Stuart Remenschneider at camp 2 located at 6250 meters on Broad Peak. Check here for the full dispatch.

 

Update: Alex Txikon, Basque, 21 years of age, born in Leioa, Bizkaia, Basque Country. Check here for the full dispatch.

 

Update: **** NEWS FLASH! **** First team members summits broad peak!  Check here for the full dispatch.

 

Since Mike's last note we have been overwhelmed by the intensity of events and are sorry to have not kept you as up to date as usually we have. Check here for the full dispatch.

 

Dispatch 16: Post Expedition Update #2: The drive back to Skardu from Hushe was considerably easier and more dramatic than the ride to Askole we had taken to start the expedition. We passed through lush mature fields of wheat, ripe apricot orchards and towns which seemed considerably more affluent than their Askole counterpart.

 

 
 
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