Update June 13, 2005:
The Baltic team joined its
forces in Islamabad on June 8th. Estonian members of the team missed their
connecting flight in London and spent a few days chilling in pubs, before the
The team left Islamabad on
June 9th, after two days of exhausting bus ride on scenic Karakorum Highway
they arrived in Skardu on June 10th and took a day off for resting and some
last minute shopping for supplies. Among other things the shopping list
included piles of cigarettes (Alar Sikk, the first and only Estonian Everest
summiteers is a devoted chain-smoker) and garlic (believed to be the best
medicine in remote parts of the world).
A bumpy jeep ride took them
to Askole, where they spent the first night in tents. Officials informed them
that there are already 3 expeditions on their way to the BC of G II: Koreans,
Italians and Argentineans.
The Baltic team started the
trek to the BC on Monday morning in good spirits.
“It is great to get off our
asses and start moving finally”, says the team, “we expect to reach BC before
Midsummer’s Eve, to celebrate it”.
expedition members arriving to Islamabad at June 5. There are some changes in
the team. Previously Latvians and now some Lithuanians couldn't find the money
and are not going to Pakistan but the rest of the team decided to continue.
number of the members – 5.:
Vilius - the leader (Lithuania), Darius Paulauskas
(Lithuania), Alar Sikk (Estonia), Tarmo Riga (Estonia) and doctor
Melnik (Estonia). Last week team had a meeting in Tallinn (except Darius
Paulauskas who at the moment is working in Paris) and discussed last details
of expedition. Now they will meet only in Islamabad, because Saulius Vilius is
leaving from Vilnius, Estonians from Tallinn and Darius Paulauskas from Paris.
Background: This summer alpinists from
Lithuania and Estonia together will go for Gasherbrum II. Climbers from these
countries are planning common expedition in the Karakorum Range for the first
time since the re-establishment of the independence.
Team is arriving to Islamabad
5 June. The expedition is led by Everest summiteers Saulius Vilius from
Lithuania. He also organized Lithuanian expedition to Shishapangma last year.
The other members are: Eugenijus Simanauskas (Lithuania), Ramunas Alisauskas
(Lithuania), Arturas Bazys (Lithuania), Darius Milasius (Lithuania), Alar Sikk
(Estonia), Tarmo Riga (Estonia), Dr. Priit Melnik (Estonia).
Team is planning to climb to
G2 by classical route.
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