Archives

  • Thursday, February 2, 2012

    Interview with Denis

    Urubko - Nanga Parbat

  • The GII summiteers were a dream team, and now they are back for more. With four winter firsts, only late Polish legend Kukuczka is ahead of Italian Simone Moro. Russian-born Denis Urubko is probably the greatest active mountaineer today. Legendary weather-guru Karl Gabl is back at the weather maps.

  • Sunday, February 5, 2012

    Russian Team now

    inside the "Death Valley" at 7,200m on K-2

  • Russian National Team Expedition for K-2 First Winter Ascent, have now successfully reached 7,200m amid fierce weather and wind speeds soaring to Hurricane levels. The team will now be picthed in the most difficult climbing area better known as the " Death Valley" on K-2. They have already gone past the Black Pyramid and will gradually climb their way up the 400m "Bottel Neck".

  • Monday, February 6, 2012

    What makes K-2

    the deadliest mountain in the world?

  • The word Karakorum is a Turkish word which stands for “black rubble”. K-2 traces back its creation in the last of the Orogenic Movements (mountain building movement) some 300 million years ago.

  • Tuesday, February 7, 2012

    K-2 stays virgin

    in winters as Russian Ice Warriors abandon mission after Vitaly Gorelik's death

  • The deadly K-2 has struck yet again, claiming another victim, Vitaly Gorelik of the Russian K-2 Winter Expedition and the attempt has been called off altogether.

  • Wednesday, February 8, 2012

    A bird watcher’s

    paradise, Haleji Lake fast turning into a cesspool

  • One of the second biggest fresh water resources of Sindh, the Haleji Lake, is fast turning into a pool of stagnant saline water, severely threatening the ecology of the region and the whole province.

  • Friday, February 10, 2012

    Russian abandoned K2

    Summit

  • There is glum in the wind and sadness among the rocks. After the fast transportation of Russian mountaineers out of K2 base camp, climbing on the other peaks remains limited by high winds. Instead, fabulous imagery from Karakoram takes center stage.

  • Friday, February 10, 2012

    Goodbye Vitaly Gorelik:

    Details of the tragic demise of the Russian climber on K-2

  • Details have now been coming in about the tragic death of Russian veteran climber Vitaly Gorelik which ultimately forced the Russian National Winter K-2 Expedition to abandon the mission of climbing the "Savage Mountain" in the dead of winter. Gorelik had vast experience of high altitude hard climbing and had already done several of the 8000ers, both solo as well as without supplementary oxygen.

  • Sunday, February 12, 2012

    Major wildlife conservation

    challenges in Pakistan Part-1

  • It is often argued that art finds its place only in the annals of affluence. Probably much for the same reason there are not many organized societies in Pakistan that would develop and nurture the love for art, wildlife and nature itself. Worsening law and order situation and deepening political crisis have played havoc with the lives of the common people.

  • Tuesday, February 14, 2012

    Polish out of

    Nanga

  • Teams were shivering in BC over the weekend and it is getting colder day by day over in Pakistan: following the K2 Russians, now the Polish on Nanga Parbat are leaving premises.

  • Thursday, February 16, 2012

    Major Wildlife conservation

    challenges in Pakistan –Last part

  • Lot of credible work has been done in the conservation of dwindling Snow Leopard population, which mostly inhabits the difficult and rugged terrains of Khunjerab National Park and the Baltistan area, close to the Chinese border. Initiatives were taken to train the local guides and scouts, the insurance of the livestock of the local people, in the conservation of the main prey of the snow leopard i.e. the Ibex, Markhor, Urial and blue sheep etc, and intensive surveying and documentation of the cats and their respective territories.

  • Saturday, February 18, 2012

    Poles set for

    the unprecedented summit push for the first winter climb of Gasherbrum-1 in Pakistan

  • With just a short time span of one long weekend both K2 and Nanga Parbat teams abandoned their summit. Messages are only flowing in from only peak left in the game. The Polish Team on the normal route are ready for a push; while as per the International Team one more round will be required.

  • Saturday, February 18, 2012

    Simone Moro and

    Denis Urubko abandon the first winter ascent of Nanga Parbat, on their way to Islamabad

  • Simone Moro and Denis Urubko, who decided to carry on with the gigantic task of taming Nanga Parbat in the dead of winters, even after the sturdy Poles have left the brutally tough mountain, have now abandoned the mission in wake of the extended winters in the Himalayas and the adjacent Karakorums.

  • Friday, February 24, 2012

    Poles and International

    Team all set for the summit push for the first winter ascent of G-1 on Sunday Feb 26

  • The day of the supreme glory is closing in as the two teams buckle up for the final summit push on Gasherbrum-1 on Sunday, February 26. The sturdy Poles and the International team led by Gerfried Goschl have been wrestling inclement weather for the past almost two months and have now announced that they are all set for the summit push.

  • Monday, February 27, 2012

    International team leaves

    Base Camp for the first winter ascent of Gasherbrum-1 final summit push

  • The International team also called as the ABC team, led by Gerfried Goschl left the Base Camp early in the morning on Sunday, 26th and have reached Camp-1, 6200m. The six member team comprising of Goschl, Alex Txikon, Darek Zaluski, Nisar Hussain, Cedric Hahlen, and Carlos Suarez are trudging along the South Face of the Gasherbrum-1, for the first winter ascent of the 8000er.

  • Monday, February 27, 2012

    Poles receive severe

    pounding by raging snow storm before finally leaving for the summit push of G-1 first winter ascent

  • The Poles have left for Camp-1 at 6400m on the Gasherbrum-1 for the final summit push of the 8,080m peak. The team comprising Adam, Artur, Janusz and Shaheen left the Base Camp early with the break of Dawn on Saturday, 25th and reached Camp-1 somewhere during the afternoon, safe and sound.

  • Monday, February 27, 2012

    Artur Hajzer of

    Polish G-1 Winter Expedition speaks about the final summit push

  • With no fewer than five winter attempts on his belt, Artur Hjzer of the Polish Gasherbrum-1 winter expedition is one of the most experienced climbers pitching for the first winter ascent of the 8,080m peak in the bleak and hazardous Karakorum. The team has completed their acclimatisation drills and are now set for the summit push on Sunday, February 26. Pakistan-explorer had a chance to talk to the renowned climber from his Base Camp.

  • Tuesday, February 28, 2012

    Swat Valley comes

    back to life with buzzing Frontier Four-wheel Club Jeep Rally

  • The Swat Valley in the north western part of the country, swung back in action in the dead of winters, when the Frontier Four-wheel Club arranged a rare jeep rally, treading the thick of the snow with their gruesome drives.

  • Wednesday, February 29, 2012

    International team

    also succumb to deadly winds barely surviving the summit push on Gasherbrum-1

  • While the poles were retreating wounded and stricken on the north, International Team led by Gerfried Goschl were also locked up in a withdrawal from the Gasherbrum-1 summit push on the new route on the south.

  • Wednesday, February 29, 2012

    Poles falter again.

    Team back in the Base Camp after a failed attempt of Gasherbrum-1

  • Artur, Adam, Janusz and Shaheen left the Base Camp on February 25, after receiving encouraging reports from Karl Gable in Austria and although the winds were anticipated to be higher than within the comfort zone for the climbers, they hoped to make a final summit push in case there is a wind drop on the night of 28- something which never happened. Agna remained in the Base Camp, monitoring and coordinating with the climbers in Camp-1 6400m.