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  Marty Schmidt reports in from Gasherbrum, Pakistan


Hi everyone, Just letting you know we're finishing our trek up to BC tomorrow the 26th of June and then we start the climb of G2 first and we'll see what the route is and what the snow conditions are going to be like and what the weather is. There's already a couple of teams up there... we'll talk and find out what's going on... what's happening up there.

Tim's doing well and so is Giannina and I and no problem with altitude sickness. We're eating well, we have a great cook with Ali, the assistant and Viva(?) our main cook and really great food and great company with them. The porters are doing an exquisite job getting our gear up to BC. They don't have much gear, we give them a bit of gear but they sell it and use it for other means and using their old sneakers with holes in them. You can't really get around that one. The Balti porters and the Balti people in general just so kind and generous, really good people on this earth and the media definitely paints the wrong picture on what Pakistan has to offer. So hopefully people reading this will visit Pakistan one day and enjoy for themselves and see for themselves and not through the media's eyes.

So letting everyone know in New Zealand that we're doing well and have to be in contact with the rest of the world and with all people following us and we'll let you know what happens in the next week or so when we're climbing and be in touch with you all. So thanks so much for following and talk to you in a couple of days. All the best from Concordia, the heartland of the Karakoram with a 360 degrees views right now of all the mountains with Chogolisa and Mitre Peak in front of me and Broad peak and K2 in the distance and Gasherbrum 4 and right behind me is G 1 and 2... it's endless... it's wonderful.

OK see you guys soon and bye bye from the Concordia, Pakistan.

Hello everyone following Tim and Marty and Giannina up here in Pakistan.

At G1 Base camp, we arrived a couple of days ago and established it, it's a beautiful site and everything is up and running and feeling comfortable, good food and everything is clicking. Just had a Puja with some of the Sherpas today and several teams are going up to Camp 1 tomorrow. We're going to be on the mountain for about 3 days and letting you know that we're going through the glacier and the icefall and get up to Camp 1... and maybe even push up to Camp 2 just to see what it's like up there, and then get down to Camp 1 and sleep at least a couple of nights at Camp 1 and then get down to Base Camp before it storms on the 1 July. So that's our game plan...

Everyone is fine and feeling healthy and very happy up here and looking forward to getting up on the mountain. the weather has been quite nice in the mornings and then cladding up a little bit in the afternoon, but for the majority it's really comfortable right now. just looking forward to getting up the mountain and see what the snow conditions are like and see what the storms in Pakistan have to offer.

OK, so will let you know in a few more days when we're back from Camp 1 how things are going. All the best from the Karakoram. Marty

 

 

 

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