Pakistan 2009: Mountains

While I was in Pakistan working on a documentary for UrsusFilms I was able to shoot a few rolls of Astia for kicks. It was really fun to just click away as I wanted in bright light for a change. I was armed only with my Nikon F5, a 28mm and a 50mm. Which was more than enough since I rarely felt like I wanted to get in close.

After spending about 21 hours on planes we landed in Islamabad where it was rather boring and bland. So, I didn’t miss it much when we got on a plane and flew to Skardu. Which was really quite nice.
Dust, dust and more dust on the way to Askole.  Askole is about 100 miles from Skardu and it was a really amazing Jeep ride.  It started out in dry arid valleys and moved into lush green ones filled with apricot orchards and wheat fields.
Once on the Baltoro Glacier the Trango Formation is what caught my eye first.  Seeing these famous spires with my own eyes were awe inspiring.
Muztagh Tower is another major peak on the way.
With so many amazing mountains lining the Baltoro it is hard to say one mountain is more spectacular than others but one that everyone will speak about is Mashabrum.  Its summit pyramid is like no other I have seen.  It sits atop a shear face on its north side that has been called unclimbable.
When we reached Concordia we got out first full look at K2.  It just rose out of the Earth in such a mass that words can’t be used to describe it.  Even photos can’t illustrate it to its fullest.  A mountain the size of K2 is ineffable.
View from camp.
Avalanche on K2.
Kharut Peak in the morning.  It is so close to K2 base camp yet as of this writing still remains unclimbed.
Chogolisa in the morning.  Chogolisa always made for a good view.  When we would be stuck in the clouds and snow I could look down the glacier and see it standing there in the sun.
Looking up at Broad Peak’s summit from K2 base camp.
The Indus River from the KKH.
I will be making another post about Pakistan in the near future.

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  1. Great shots. Good work.

  2. wow, amazing.

  3. Beautiful Adam! What an amazing place!!

  4. Amazing pics and accompanying descriptions. Now I’m really pumped to see the mountains in that part of the world up close and personal.

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