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I always wanted to visit the Himalayas in Pakistan. The mountains are legendary: Gasherbrum I,Gasherbrum II, Nanga Parbat, Broad Peak and, of course, K2. The view from the confluence of three glaciers at Concordia is live postcard few get to see in person. In the summer of 2006, along with a team managed by Field Touring Alpine (FTA), I attempted Broad Peak (26,401') and planned to make a good effort on K2 (28,250').

I reached 21,000' on Broad or Camp 2 before abandoning the climb due to weakness that resulted from a severe bug I contracted on the trek in. The Karakorum ranges was magnificent and I was very lucky to have unbelievable weather for the month I spent there.

I sent frequent dispatches using a system that includes a digital camera, PDA and sat phone.

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Last FTA climber leaving K2

Posted on August 4, 2006 10:49 AM U.S. Mountain Daylight Time

Well, now it is over. Wilco has decided to leave K2 after an amazing effort. He is the last of our 29 team members to leave the Karakorum. His site has some excellent pictures and videos. The official expedition ended around July 28 with Ryan, the other climbers and ATP breaking basecamp. But Wilco and others moved to other team's permits to continue their efforts on K2. A few more items: first Joelle

was evacuated via helicopter after she experienced severe headaches high on K2. I do not know the extent of the problem but she was last reported in Skardu and doing fine. If this was early HACE then the cure is to get down fast, which she did. We all know that Ger is now on his way home after being released from the hospital. Apparently he is fine as well.

K2 has proven to be a tough Hill. Two young Japanese climbers made the summit this week in addition to two Italians but most of the other expeditions have turned back due to bad weather. Our friend Bango continues his efforts and is at Camp 3. I wish him safe and good climbing.

I will post one more dispatch summarizing the expedition as well as the final results of the T-Shirts sale that benefited Pakistani earthquake survivors. There is still time to help so please visit the store. I added a few more products using pictures I took on the climb.

Climb on!