from stu in the usa office
update for July 19, 2010
Our first group with Chris Szymiec is now well on the way to BC and have already had views of Gasherbrum IV and Broad Peak from Urdukas (not to mention the Muztag Tower, the Trango Towers, Paiju Peak and much more!) We expect them to arrive in BC in 3 days after stops in Goro II and Concordia.
Trango Towers © stu remensnyder
The second group with Fabrizio took a rest/organization day on the 17th in Skardu after a long ride from Islamabad. They began in on the 18th to Askole and today made their way to Juhla. They are three days back of the first group and by the time they arrive the BC will be set up and the route will already be going into C1 on Broad Peak.
Biafo Bridge above Askole © stu remensnyder
This is Chris's third expedition to 8000m peaks in the Karkoram (G2 in 2008 and Broad Peak & K2 last summer) and he is beginning to think of building a small chalet at Concordia for the off season! Between our guides Chris (5) , Fabrizio (10+), Ben (2) and Rob (1) they have made some 20 expeditions to 8000m peaks and many many more to peaks of 6000m and 7000m. Hard to imagine a more experienced group of guides than what we have go this summer on Broad Peak and K2. Add in the experience of our 5 High Altitude Porters and we begin to push 30 plus expeditions to 8000m peaks that we can draw upon in our efforts this summer. This is FTA's 6th expedition to Broad Peak and 3rd to K2 so along with 2 trips to G2 we are headed off to our 12th and 13th Karakoram expeditions. Perhaps we need to make a lodge at Concodia as well!
Broad Peak from Concordia © stu remensnyder
We are already looking forward to putting this expertise to bear on Cho Oyu this autumn, Maklau and Cho Oyu in spring 2011, Nanga Parbat and G2 next summer and Everest in 2012. Along the way we'll be enjoying trips to Ama Dablam, Aconcagua, Ecudor, Elbrus, Kilimanjaro, Satopanth, Tharpu Chuli and treks to K2 BC, Everest BC, Snow Lake and much more. have a look at our expedition list for all the details!
Chris has dropped a few audio dispatches from the trek...enjoy!
Field Touring Alpine Audio Dispatches #82 - K2 & Broad peak 2010 - 18th June from Paiju
Chris calls in From Paiju on a rest day to let us know everyone is well!
Field Touring Alpine Audio Dispatches #79 - K2 & Broad peak 2010 - 19th June from Urdukas
Chris calls in from Urdukas to let us know all is well. they are being treated to great views of Broad peak and Gasherbrum IV and looking forward to getting to bc!
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