Ski Descent of Gasherbrum 2
July 22nd, Jorgen and I reached the summit of Gasherbrum 2 (8035 m). That’s
when we started our ski descent of one of Pakistan’s five giants and also the
13th highest mountain in the world. Jorgen and I left Base Camp Tuesday
morning and we had three sunny days while climbing up to Camp 3 at about 7000
meters. At midnight, after sleeping a few hours, we strapped our skis onto our
backpacks and left our tent. It was six cold hours until the sun rose and
heated us up. The climbing was mixed, first a rocky part then a long traverse
on snow that took us to the north side of the mountain where a snow slope led
up to the summit ridge. After a clear and sunny morning the wind got stronger
and clouds where forming quickly. Totally exhausted we were sliding on our
knees on the narrow summit ridge. At noon Jorgen and I could go no further.
It was the
summit of Gasherbrum 2, 8035 meters above the sea. Strong wind and massive
clouds didn’t make the stay on the summit any pleasant so after some photos
the skis were on and we were making right and left turns down the slopes of
Gasherbrum 2. The thin air makes you as exhausted after five turns as you are
after 1000 meters in the Alps. The surroundings are probably amongst the most
spectacular in the world. Just having a peak at mountains like Chogolisa and
Hidden Peak makes you forget about tiredness and gives new energy to continue
skiing. The slopes on Gasherbrum 2 is fairly steep and broken up by lots of
seracs and crevasses making it very interesting skiing. One month, lots of
vertical meters of climbing and an unforgettable ski run. Two happy guys are
now back in Base Camp eating and resting, looking forward to the Scandinavian
summer. Fredrik Ericsson
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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