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Pakistani, international mountaineers scale Broad Peak

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Skardu: A team of Pakistani and international mountaineers climbed the Broad Peak (8051 m), 12th highest mountain in the world

ACP, quoting Furtenbach Adventures, said a long weekend of bad weather on the 8,051 metre high peak, had almost made the expedition a nonstarter, but persistent wait paid off and the climbers scaled the summit.

“Deep snow and strong winds prevented climbers from going higher than camp III. Most expedition members had dropped all the way back to the base camp, and some had even decided to pack their gear and return home,” the Furtenbach Adventures said.

“However, a few more days of waiting paid off. Bolstered by a forecast of calm weather and good climbing conditions, a few teams, led by Furtenbach Adventures, headed back up the mountain and were able to capture the summit,” said the ACP spokesman, Karrar Haidri.

Alpine Club said Furtenbach Adventure teams did most of the trail breaking and rope fixing in a metre high snow above camp III on the way to the summit.

“This helped four foreigners and two Pakistanis reach the main summit. One foreigner reached the 8,030 metre forepeak,” confirmed Asgar Porik, who is managing the expedition in Pakistan.

He said three more teams followed close behind, but did not ascertain exactly which other squads were able to complete their climbs as well.

According to Asgar Porik, though meteorologists predicted windy conditions, it was a calm, beautiful day as the seven climbers stood on top of the peak.

Broad Peak was first scaled 60 years ago by Austrian climber, Hermann Buhl.

Asgar Porik also confirmed that the successful climbers were returning to base camp and heading towards K-2 to attempt the world’s second tallest mountain.

“Some climbers have indicated treacherous weather conditions beyond camp III, with unstable snow and significant risks of high level of avalanche activity,” said Asgar Porik.

Courtesy Dawn

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