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
Aconcagua Expedition (February ’09) info now available. Aconcagua, standing taller than any other peak outside of the Himalaya, is a true expedition peak. It dominates the Chilean and Argentinan Andes and routinely challenges climbers with its fierce weather and extreme altitude. [ More Info ]
The Divisional Comp last weekend was a huge success. Results now posted.
[ Updated ] Congratulations to the ET climbers who qualified for Nationals (listed alphabetically):
- Dana Bleiberg
- Nicole Hansen
- Jullianna Jimreivat
- Brandon Liew
- Kayla Liew
- Tori Maisey
- Becca Saag
- Kerry Scott
- Griffin Whiteside
- Simon Williams
- Nate Wright
- Ryan Youra
We wish them all luck this weekend (July 11-13) while at Nationals .
We were very happy to receive a number of positive emails and voicemails, a few of which are reprinted below. Thank you.
“I Cannot rave enough about how fun, well organized and upbeat you all were this past weekend. You guys and girls were probably so exhausted, but I noticed how kind you were to all the competitors even at the end of today. Please pass this on to all of the volunteers, if possible. I am really impressed. You guys are my heroes.
The children were remarkable as well!!!
Thank you all!!!!!!!!!!!!”
“I wanted to reiterate my personal thanks to you guys for a job well done. The amount of work required of you, your staff, and the volunteers you assembled was extraordinary. Without all of that hard work, the comp wouldn’t have happened. We had only two appeals during Qualifiers, and none in Finals. It was an extremely successful weekend. And, despite a few stressful moments, I actually managed to have a good time throughout.
Please share this note with all of the people who contributed to the success of the weekend. Thanks again. Looking forward to working together in the future.”
Charlotte, Earth Treks Retail Buyer, and Matt, Earth Treks Timonium Head Routesetter, tied the knot this past weekend!
Charlotte and Matt are on the World Cup Bouldering Team and they will be competing in Colorado in a couple of weeks! Congratulations.
photos by John Bamber.
Chris Warner, expedition leader, will be presenting “K2: The Rest of the Story” at Earth Treks Timonium and Rockville.
On July 20th 2007, the world followed along as the Shared Summits team of Chris Warner, Bruce Normand and Don Bowie united on the mountain with teams drawn from 8 other countries on the most successful summit day in K2 history…and before it was done, two climbers were dead, a Czech climber lay clinging to consciousness, and Don had fallen 150 feet. Please join Chris to hear in his own words, “The Rest of the Story”.
May 13, 7:30pm
May 14, 7:30pm
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