Weekend Warm-Up: Alpinists at Large

Weekend Warm-Up: Alpinists at Large
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Latok 1, a 7,145m giant in Pakistan’s Karakoram, had been untouched and unchallenged by mountaineers because of its immense difficulty. Then in 1978, a group of American alpinists took on this formidable mountain, inspired by little more than an obscure book and an old photograph.   Jim Donini, Jeff Lowe, George Lowe and Michael Kennedy traveled thousands of kilometres to rural Pakistan. At that time, the country lacked proper roads, transport and logistics to help them reach their goal. According to Donini, alpinism is the epitome of aloneness, a tone that dictated the rest of their expedition. These guys had little to no information on the mountain, wandered through obscure gorges and were at the whims of reluctant porters. Despite this, this became the best climb these intrepid Americans ever did.  Another word to describe their experience was lack. Lack... .... Continue Reading at Explorers Web



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