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  Pakistan Ski Expedition 2005


Fredrik Ericsson

The Karakorams in Pakistan contains some of the most spectacular mountains in the world. Here you’ll find Laila Peak (6614 m), which is said to be the most beautiful mountain in Asia. No one has ever skied that mountain. Fredrik Ericsson and Jörgen Aamot are, this summer, taking on that challenge, as the first in the world they will try to ski descend the steep slopes of Laila Peak.

That’s not all, after Laila Peak they will continue up the Baltoro Valley to make an attempt to ski descend an unskied line on Gasherbrum 2 (8035 m), the 13th highest mountain in the world.

Fredrik Ericsson is a skier and mountaineer that’s spending most of his time in the mountains around Chamonix, France. He has gained a position as one of the top ski mountaineers in the world after ski descents of Shisha Pangma (8013 m) in Tibet and Peak Somoni (7495 m) in Tajikistan. Fredrik has also first ski descents in Sarek National Park, Spitsbergen and the Hurrungane mountains in Norway. This year he’s looking forward to ski his second 8000-meters peak.

Jörgen Aamot grew up in the mountains of Oppdal, Norway. He’s teaching skiing, climbing and avalanche awareness at the Hallingdal College in Gol, Norway. During the last few years he’s gathered multiple first ski descents throughout Norway for example in the Lyngen Alps, Hurrungane and Sunndalen Alps. This will be his first encounter with the high mountains of Karakoram.

The Expedition: On June 8, Fredrik and Jörgen will fly to Islamabad in Pakistan. After a few days of sorting out permits and general preparations they will continue up north to the Karakoram Mountains. First they will travel with jeeps via Skardu to Hushe and from there continue on foot. Porters will help out carrying gear up to Laila Peak Base Camp which they will reach after 7 days. Thereafter they will use a couple of weeks for acclimatisation and climbing to make it up to the top of Laila Peak, 6614 meters. That’s when the big adventures start. Fredrik and Jörgen will try to ski the steep west face of Laila Peak, something that’s never been done before.

After Laila Peak they will continue up the Baltoro Valley via Gondogoro pass and Concordia to the Gasherbrum glacier where the Gasherbrum Base Camp is situated at 5200 meters. During the next few weeks they will try to climb Gasherbrum 2 (8035 m) which is the 13th highest peak in the world. Well on the summit Fredrik and Jörgen will try to ski descend the mountain via an unskied line.

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