Dispatch Two 6/15/2004:
All 14 of
the team have now arrived in Islamabad- Paul arrived this morning and Gary
last night. The plan was to fly to Skardu today, but unfortunately due to the
bad weather the plane was unable to fly. We have another chance to fly
tomorrow morning and if this is cancelled we have a bus reserved and we will
take the Karakorum Highway to Skardu. This is a two day bus journey with an
over night in Chilas.
We met the liason officer, Major Vakas last night and presented his equipment
which Frits and Rose had brought with them. Today I attended the briefing at
the Ministry of Tourism which went well, so we are now all ready to get
going! I gather from the briefing there are 60 expeditions visiting the
Karakorum this year and many trekking parties, so adventure tourism is alive
and well in Pakistan!
I will be in contact when we
get to base camp, Roland.
International Broad Peak
Mr. Roland Hunter
Broad Peak 8047m
Coming on 15/6/2004
Bios on some of the climbers:
Frits Vrijlandt (36), climbed
everest via the Notrthridge, the Seven Summits and many other peaks around the
Rozemarijn Janssen (35), climbed 5 of the Seven Summits and many peaks in the
Alps. She is a mountain leader for the Alpine Club.
Menno Boermans (26) is climber and a photographer. He climbed Cartsensz
Piramide and several hard routes in the Alps and other areas. His pictures are
published in many magazines (like Outside Magazine).
Bob de Kort (23) is a mountain leader for the Alpine Club. He climbed several
hard routes in the Alps and other areas. His climbing partner is often Menno.
Deborah Robertson MD, is an emergency physician in Portland, Oregon, USA. She
has volunteered for the Himalayan Rescue Association and provided medical
support on several climbs. This is her first 8000m expedition.
Pippa Curtis, when not at work on sustainable development Pippa can be found
climbing British sea cliffs, in Scottish winter conditions or on bigger
mountains in Europe and beyond. In the 5 years Pippa has been climbing she has
climbed ice in Colorado, on expedition in the Himalaya and hosting on
international meets in Scotland and north Wales.
Noteable in her climbing resume was her first Alpine season in Switzerland,
where she summited 11 peaks in 11 days (including 6 of the 7 highest in the
European Alps), and in the Karakoram being one of three to make the high point
on an attempt on Drifika and then to descend from a previously uncrossed pass
at 5500m. Pippa climbs at WI V, Scottish winter IV, and onsight f6a+.
Pippa has independently trekked extensively in Europe, New Zealand, Nepal,
Patagonia and her native Australia. She has recently set up self-catering
apartments in a beautiful old farmhouse in Briancon in the French Alps
Leaders: Roland Hunter (UK) and Paul
Jeff Lamo (US)
Deb Robertson (US)
Nick Stopford (UK)
Pippa Curtis (UK)
Gary Pfisterer (US)
Simon Williams (New Zealand)
John Dunlop (Aus)
Frits Vrijlandt (NL)
Roze Vrijlandt (NL)
Bob Kort (NL)
Menno Boermans (NL)
Mick Parker (Aus)
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