week ago we arrived at the Gasherbrum Base Camp. It’s located on a moraine
ridge, at the altitude of 5045 meters, beside the South Gasherbrum Glacier. We
have a great view from our tents here, surrounded by the Gasherbrum peaks,
Baltoro Kangri, Sia Kangri and other beautiful mountains.
from Laila Peak Base Camp didn’t go without problems. It took us seven days
instead of normally four. First of all we didn’t have enough porters so some
of them had to work double shifts. Then heavy snowfall delayed our crossing of
the Gondogoro pass with a few days. When crossing the Gondogoro pass the
porters forgot to use their sunglasses and next day half the porters were snow
blind and couldn’t go. After a week of trekking we finally reached the
Gasherbrum Base Camp and could get ourselves installed. We are sharing camp
with a group of Russian climbers and Swedish adventurer Janne Corax. In total
there are 15 teams of different nationalities here in Base Camp going for the
days of snowfall the sun was finally shining again and we started up the ice
fall on the South Gasherbrum Glacier. Lots of seracs and crevasses, but moving
during the night made it possible to cross. Camp 1 is located at the altitude
of 5900 meters at the foot of Gasherbrum 2. We spent two nights in camp 1
before heading up a steeper snow slope and ridge up to 6500 meters where we
set our camp 2. Two nights in camp 2 and a little reconnaissance trip up
towards camp 3 before the snowfall started again and we returned to Base
Camp. We are now in Base Camp, trying to eat and rest as much as possible
before we head up the mountain again. Next time we will go for the summit.
Fredrik Ericsson and Jörgen Aamot
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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