Camp 2 (6100m), West Ridge of Broad Peak ©Mike Farris
Dispatch #2: Finally Moving!
As we got on the bus in
Rawalpindi I had to fight my way through the oversized biceps, lats, and quads
of my muscular companions to take my seat. This is not just my impression. A
pretty young trekker nearly swooned at the sight of one of our crew, saying,
"Diego, you have such big muscles!" Anyway, here's Don's impressions of the
The Karakoram Highway lived
up to all the rumors and stories- but I am told that this year the road
conditions were tamer than most. Nonetheless, I resolved very early on in the
trip (like, 5 minutes out of Pindi) that because of the speed at which our bus
was hurtling down the all-too-narrow highway, the chances of meeting my demise
on this stretch of road were very high. Somehow this resolution gave me
comfort, and I even began to enjoy the near misses with oncoming traffic, even
attempting to capture on film the closest calls. This last endeavor nearly
cost me my new digital camera, not to mention my right arm.
The crux of the trip so far
has been...er...keeping things inside- and I don't mean emotionally. The bus
ride to Chilas was more an exercise in strategically utilizing restroom stops
than anything else. Most of the team has come down with some kind of GI
ailment at one time or another- and a few have been suffering quite severely.
Unfortunately, I fear that I may have swung the other direction with a
possible Imodium overdose. I'll keep you updated... Le
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