K2 2004 - 50 years later
walk with Ali, porter for more than 50 years
group of “K2 2004” on its way to K2 has reached Gore. From Gore Daniele
Palazzina is telling us a short great story of Karakorum: the story of Ali
Hussain a 73 years old porter.
m): Today after arriving at Gore camp as usually we mingle with our porters
and guide and between jokes and green tea we discover an overwhelming story.
One of our
porters is over 70 years old. Every morning he is loading himself with 25 kg
of material taking it to the next camp 6 – 9 hours of walk. We have a chat
with this porter with the help of one of our guides called “Gigi” since his
real name is impossible to remember.
name is Ali Hussain, 73 years old. Ali has 4 wives and has always been working
as a porter in Baltoro. In 1954 at the age of 23 our Ali was for sure already
working as a porter. On an average porters start with their profession at the
age of 15.
Ali does not
remember in particular the Desio expedition but he is convinced to have been
part of every expedition that has been crossing Baltoro.
At a distance
of 50 years Ali is employed in our expedition for the commemoration of the
first ascent in the same role as 50 years ago. Figures maintain this
assumption. Whether or not we just love the idea that Ali had accompanied
Desio half a century ago and that today he is here with us…. Inshallah.
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