ExWeb has done a nice service for all of us climbers, adventurers, and arm chair mountaineers stuck at home during this Karakorum season. They’ve posted a complete list of all the Pakistani expeditions that are going on even now on the various mountains in the area.
The article breaks down each peak and briefly discusses each team’s expectations on the mountain this season. Some are sticking to the traditional routes, while others are trying to climb something completely new. Like the Russians on K2 who are attempting a direct route on the unclimbed West Face, where Dodo Kopold and his teammates Piotr Morawski and Peter Hamor are also climbing, in Alpine Style no less.
The other mountains in the area, including Nanga Parbat, Broad Peak, and the Gasherbrums are also seeing their share of bold climbers. Like French extreme skier Jean-Noel Urban, who intends to summit Nanga Parbat, then ski back down the mountain. Similarly, there are teams going for double summits on GI and GII. Curiously though, Veikka Gustaffson, who had announced plans to go after both Gasherbrums, and Broad Peak, his only remaining 8-thousanders doesn’t seem to be in Pakistan at all this Summer.
The whole article is a nice read, and one that will catch you up on all the stuff going on in the Karakorum this Spring. Hopefully we’ll start hearing more on each of these expeditions in the coming days as they start to make their summit bids. If the weather cooperates, things should get very busy over the next few weeks.
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