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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.

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Pakistan Earthquake Donations

Posted on September 6, 2006 01:22 PM U.S. Mountain Daylight Time

Thanks to all your generosity, I just sent a check for $500 to the American Alpine Club. After looking into several organizations doing relief work in Pakistan, I felt the AAC had the most focused program and complimented our climbing efforts. To quote them:

Our focus in Pakistan has now shifted to assist in the development of much needed infrastructures such as schools and hospitals. We are working closely with local organizations that include the Alpine Club of Pakistan to maximize our impact.

The AAC had a very successful effort last year that resulted in sending 10 tons of blankets, coats and other cold weather items to help survivors through the winter. In spite of this effort and those of many more agencies, tens of thousands died this past winter.

When I was there in June, it was estimated that over 100,000 people died and 3 million were homeless. Sadly a significant amount of the money pledged never made to the agencies that needed it.

The AAC is still supporting three people in Pakistan doing relief work. They are continuing to work with the Alpine Club of Pakistan.

Many of you purchased our K2oo6 WorldClimb merchandise in support of the relief work. Mousepads, stickers, T-shirts and mugs were some of the most popular items.

The K2oo6 merchandise sale is over but your support directly to survivor efforts will always be appreciated.

Thank you all and

Climb On!

Alan