Aquamarine from Pakistan (via mineralia)
Guess who? Robert De Niro on his his visit to Chitral, looks more like a native than a gora, haha. (via um-er)
K2: On this day in 1954, an Italian expedition finally succeeded in ascending to the summit of K2 via the Abruzi Spur after several previous attempts by both Pakistani and international climbers. The expedition was led by Ardito Desio, although the two climbers who actually reached the top were Lino Lacedelli and Achille Compagnoni. The team included a Pakistani member, Muhammad Ataullah, who had been a part of the 1953 American expedition. Also on the expedition were the famous Italian climber Walter Bonatti and Pakistani Hunza porter Mahdi Khan, who proved vital to the expedition’s success in that they carried oxygen to 8,100 metres (26,600 ft) for Lacedelli and Compagnoni. Their dramatic bivouac in the open at that altitude wrote another chapter in the saga of Himalayan climbing.
K2 (also known as Savage Mountain, Mountaineer’s Mountain, Mount Godwin-Austen, Balti: Chogori and Sarikoli: Mount Qogir) is the second-highest mountain on Earth, after Mount Everest. With a peak elevation of 8,611 m (28,251 feet), K2 is part of the Karakoram Range, and is located on the border between Baltistan, in the Gilgit–Baltistan region of Pakistan, and the Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous County of Xinjiang, China. It is more hazardous to reach K2 from the Chinese side; thus, it is mostly climbed from the Pakistani side.
K2 is known as the Savage Mountain due to the difficulty of ascent and the second-highest fatality rate among the “eight thousanders” for those who climb it. For every four people who have reached the summit, one has died trying. Unlike Annapurna, the mountain with the highest fatality-to-summit rate, K2 has never been climbed in winter.
Paragliding over the Baltit Fort, Hunza, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan.
Read more about Baltit Fort here.
Nanga Parbat scaled from Mazeno side for the first time
Two British climbers have become the first to scale the 8,126-metre Nanga Parbat summit by traversing the long and knife-edged Mazeno Ridge, according to Alpine Club of Pakistan (APC).
Sandy Allan and Rick Allen reached the summit at 6:12pm on July 14. They are also the first to conquer an eight-thousander peak this year.
“This particular crest is knife-edged and 10-km long, dividing the exceptionally dangerous Diamir Face and Rupal Face of the killer mountain. One has to cross eight 7,000-metre and higher summits to attempt Nanga Parbat from this route,” Karrar Haidri, a member of ACP’s executive council told Dawn. An American team, which was also attempting the peak, has returned defeated by the mountain, while a Czech team is still persisting in its effort to surmount it. (Complete news)
Major Shoaib who survived the Mi-17 crash with 90% burns left for this eternal abode yesterday. After the crash he pulled out 2 men who have both survived with injuries and walked to the ambulance before collapsing unconscious. Unable to open his eyes, he told his wife to take care of his mother and 2 daughters before he was evacuated to Kharian Army Burn Hospital. He asked about Amir, his co-pilot and coursemate who didnt survive the crash. Multiple heart attacks, swellings and infections finaly took him from us. His heroic act of valor in saving his crew while he himself burned will be not be forgotten. Allah bless him the highest place in jannat. Ameen. Respect. (Related news)
Road Of Hope by waterwings19. Taken in Nathiyal Gali, Pakistan.
Thank you for the submission cosmicblog.
Mother Goddess (fertility divinity), derived from the Indus Valley tradition, terracotta, Sar Dheri, Gandhara (1st century BC). Presently housed at Victoria and Albert Museum. To know more about the Pakistan’s rich Gandhara past, read this article on Wikipedia.
Prayers for the brave selfless men stuck by avalanche in Siachin, the highest battle ground in the world (related news item and more details). On Saturday an avalanche hit the battalion headquarters of Northern Light Infantry (NLI) trapping over 135 men.
I sincerely hope that sanity can return for both Pakistani and Indian authorities so they can permanently demilitarize the glacier by perhaps declaring it a joint Natural Reserve.
At the summit (by Sumaira Jajja)
“How can you not be inspired when you are walking every single day of your early life in the shadow of the greatest mountains on planet earth, be it Rakaposhi or Nanga Parbat?” says Nazir Sabir.
Sitting in a crowded lobby of a local hotel, it might seem hard to distinguish Sabir from average middle aged Pakistani men but what sets him apart from others is his resolve for climbing and the laurels he brought to the country in the niche sport of mountaineering.
From sharing camaraderie and climbing with one of the greatest climbers in the world, Reinhold Messner, to scaling the Everest, the path Sabir chose not only defied convention, but also proved to be an inspiration to many all over the world.
Born in a small hamlet called Ramanji in Chiporsun, upper Hunza, Sabir says he was fascinated by the stories about the ‘big mountains’ which porters from that area shared. (Complete article)