Nanga parbat (yeah, the photo on the right).
So before we get into the people, kit lists, itinerary etc, lets have a more detailed look at what they are to expect when they get to that big mountain in Pakistan. (Much of this is copied from summitpost.org so thanks to them for the info as my knowledge was fairly limited).
Nanga Parbat is, according to those who have seen her in person, a truly awesome spectacle. The south face is the largest in the world extending over four kilometres above base camp. I can only imagine what this must look like up close and personal - the photos i have seen online are awe inspiring enough.
The Rupal Face (yeah, that photo on the right).
To date there have only been five ascents from the south.
Hermann Buhl’s summit route has only been repeated once (Slovak, 1971) to this day. His ascent marked only the third 8000m ascent after Annapurna I (1950) and Everest and was the only first summit of all the 8000ers to be done without oxygen and of course solo. Most attempts nowadays are via the Westerly Diamir face which is generally considered to be the easiest and safest with the Kinshofer Route the normal route. Nanga Parbat, as of 2005, had received 263 ascents by 261 individuals (Messner and SP Member Qudrat Ali have climbed it twice) at a price of 62 deaths. Sixteen women have summited the mountain. Numerous challenging lines still await. The most difficult is an ascent of Nanga Parbat via the unclimbed Mazeno Ridge which constitutes the longest ridge in the world. A number of expeditions have made ‘attempts’ on the mountain during winter but to no avail.
until next time.
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