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News Just In - Mick Parker Summits

Mick Parker who stayed back has summitted G1 on the 29th July.

More information can be found here http://www.project-himalaya.com/dispatches/07-g2-17mick-summits.html

Final Days 29-31 July

I welcome rest day in Skardu and an opportunity to pack all of the gear to return to Australia. Flights out of Skardu were difficult to obtain due to a 600 passenger back-log following a week of bad weather. The only alternative was a horrid two-day drive down the Karakoram Highway as we has to be in Islamabad by 31st of July to catch our flight out on the 1st of August.

Skardu to Islamabad 29-31 July

I welcome rest day in Skardu and an opportunity to pack all of the gear to return to Australia. Flights out of Skardu were difficult to obtain due to a 600 passenger back-log following a week of bad weather. The only alternative was a horrid two-day drive down the Karakoram Highway as we has to be in Islamabad by 31st of July to catch our flight out on the 1st of August.

Walk Out 24 -28 July 2007

The team trekked the 90 kilometres to Askoli over four days. Luckily it remained cloudy keeping the temperatures down. Leslie teamed up with a group of Australian trekkers and arrived in Askoli on the 27th of July. On 28th of July the team took the six-hour hair-raising jeep drive into Skardu.

Departure from Basecamp - 22-23 July 2007

Leslie left Basecamp on the 21st of July to walk ahead of the team at a more leisurely pace. The two High Altitude Porters stripped Camp 1 of all the tents and equipment. The team spent two days drying and packing the gear into 25 kilo loads for the walkout. This job was made challenging by continuing heavy snow.

Mick Parker is staying behind to have one more attempt at the summit. He has joined Jamie McGuinnis’s Project Himalaya team.

21 July - Mick P Summit Attempt - Birthday Celebrations

A still night saw Mick P leave for the summit at 10 pm to try to beat a predicted change in the weather. He made good progress to 7700m by 3 am. Whilst resting he dropped his ice axe down the steep slope ending his summit bid. He returned safely to Camp 3 at 7 a.m. in deteriorating conditions.

Meanwhile at Camp2 the other 7 climbers battled a blizzard as they stripped the camp bar one tent and carried huge loads to Camp 1 and then onto Basecamp. Mick P also descended the fixed ropes to Camp 2 where he stayed the night.  read more »

20th July - Summit Bid

Geoff headed up from Camp 3 and 1 a.m. following in the lights and tracks in the crisp snow of a few other climbers. Chris, Zac and Mick V headed out shortly thereafter. The ever upward climbing on the steep snow slope was not overly noticeable as the night progressed. A breeze started but the exercise did not result in it being overly cold.  read more »

19th July Camp 3

The wind had been blowing strongly over the Gasherbrum La all morning and indecision over conditions stood the group with who was going up to Camp 3. Damien ??  read more »

18th July Camp 2

With fine weather dawning but little freeze in the snow pack due to the overnight snow, all members except Lesley who was under the weather moved to Camp 2 in difficult snow conditions. In Camp 2 we found our tents were covered in snow. After digging for an hour or so most tent platforms were ready for use and we retired for some much needed rest. We were luckier than the Hungarian, Czech and Italian expeditions whose tents were completely under snow and they had to dig huge pits to free the tents.  read more »

17th July Tent Bound

Overnight snow saw the team tent bound for the day in Camp1 with many hours of Rummy being played by Geoff, Chris and Mick V to pass the time. Lesley was struck by gastroenteritis and was in her sleeping bag all day. The promise of good weather that turned to snow has become the scene for this expedition although we will remain optimistic that we will get a good weather window over the next few days.

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