Hey Macpac and everybody following the G1 detour... I'm on the summit right
It's about 8 o'clock in the morning on the 28th of July and 5 people summited
today... cold... took off at 8 o'clock. It took another 12 hours to get up...
deep snow... cold... unbelievable ascent.
We're heading down now, safe and sound (inaudible...) get down and pick up our
gear and get out. We've got porters coming in on the 1st and start walking out
to Skardu and get back to Giannaina in Islamabad and Tim (inaudible...) back
OK all the best from the summit of G1, Hidden Peak in the Karakorams... very
beautiful, the sun's out, there's a haze in the clouds... we have some good
pictures from previous days and try to get those out to you when we're back in
NZ. (Inaudible...) sat phone had to come all the way up to the top of Hidden
Peak to get a couple of minutes.
OK everyone, this is Marty out... all the best.
(the five are believed to be Marty, Don Bowie,
Alexei Bolotov and Radek Jaros and Libor Uher; stay tuned for confirmation)
Marty's earlier G2 summit report is below
Hello Macpac, hello everyone following Tim, Giannina and I in the wonderful
I don't have much time, today is the 22nd of July... On the 18th went for...
well actually the 16th, 17th and 18th went from Camp 3 to Camp 4 and then
summited on the 18th of July. Tim and I attempted it in the morning. It was
very cold and the base was off a little bit to make that long climb, it's a
very hard mountain to climb (...) and... we made it to roughly to about 7,650m
and it looked like we didn't have enough time to go ahead and make the summit,
so we got down safely to Camp 4.
Tim went ahead and stayed put at Camp 4 and I turned around and was able to go
up very quickly from 11 o'clock in the morning to a summit in 4 hours at 3 and
I came down in Camp 4 at 5 o'clock. It took 2 hours to get down. So with my
speed I could do it, but for Tim, he needed a little bit more strength, a
little bit more time but that's great that's what he's up here for (...) to
get it all in his blood, in his bones, in his body.
We're down at base and Giannina and Tim are heading back down to Skardu and
I'm taking the opportunity to go up and do a fast ascent of G1. So I will
communicate again after G1 which will be in about 4 or 5 days from now.
Communication is not the best I know with the sat phone and I'm sorry about
that. I'll try to get out another email if I can. If not, I call again in
about 3, 4, 5 days when I know more about the G1 expedition.
OK, all the best from Pakistan... I hope New Zealand is doing well with the
snow and thinking of you guys. We'll be in touch. Bye from the Karakorams.
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