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  International Broad Peak Expedition 2004: Update 6


Update 6: to 16 July 2004:

Progress on has been halted on the mountain due to bad weather (highwinds and snow above camp 2) for the past week. This follows the successful rescue of the Field Trekking client, Fabian by Paul, Geoff, Dr Deb Menno and Bob. Up to that point camps 1 and 2 had been established with all but one of the expedition members reaching camp 2. Attempts had been made by Roland, Mick and Simon to establish camp 3 at 7,200m without complete success. A stash of equipment was left at nearly 7,000m. During the bad weather Fritz and Rose relocated camp 1 to a more favorable position directly on the route now that the number of expeditions on the mountain has "thinned out".

17 July 2004: Four more of the expedition departed on for home (John, Geoff, Simon, Gary) via the Ghondogora La and Hushe valley for various reasons including poor health and unease with the excessive snow conditions on the route.

23 July 2004: Departed group of four either safely back in Rawalpindi enjoying a cold Murree or two or repratriated home.

all the best

Simon Williams (Broadpeak2004 expedition member)

Dispatches

Background:

International Broad Peak Expedition 2004

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 world.

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 Walters (Aus)

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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