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2008 Shared Summits Nanga Parbat Expedition

The 2008 Shared Summits Nanga Parbat Expedition is on it’s way. Read the blog, see the pictures and watch the video on www.SharedSummits.com.

Nanga Parbat at 8,126 meters (26,660 ft), is the world’s 9th tallest mountain (and the second tallest in Pakistan). Known as the Naked Mountain, Nanga Parbat first attracted climbers in 1895. That first expedition claimed the lives of three climbers. A total of 31 climbers died on the mountain before Hermann Buhl made the first ascent (July 3, 1953). During that time the mountain earned its second nick name, “The Killer Mountain.”

By the end of the 2007 climbing season, the mountain had been climbed 276 times, with 64 climbers having lost their lives. In keeping with mountaineering’s most notorious statistic (the death-to-summit ratio), Nanga Parbat ranks up there with K2 (both at 23%).

Six Americans have made the summit. It is our hope to put six more on the top, including the first American woman. For Chris Warner, the expedition leader, this is a dream team. All of us have been friends for years. Four of us are mountaineering guides, working for Earth Treks. All of us have climbed together before. The driving force for this trip wasn’t a summit, but an excuse to share an adventure.

We chose Nanga Parbat because it offers all we need: a great, big, technically challenging mountaineering objective in an exotic location. We hope to capture the spirit of the climb in both our dispatches and filming. We hope that this website allows you to feel a little bit of the cold winds and steep terrain.

Let the adventure begin,

The 2008 Shared Summits Team