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tom ballard nanga parbat winter 3 | montane 31/01/2019
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NANGA PARBAT: Mummery Winter 3

Sometimes a few days of bad weather can be a good thing, allowing you to rest with a clear conscience. But when it snows over a metre in 24 hours, you’re wishing for clear skies once again. Even if it means that you have to actually go climbing! < vol. 2 Breaking the first part of the trail was hard work. We didn’t descend onto the glacier because of avalanche danger. The next day we easily followed our nicely made path and then down onto the glacier. Crossing this in... Read More

tom ballard nanga parbat winter 2 | montane 24/01/2019
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NANGA PARBAT: Mummery Winter 2

“At once the cleanest and most isolated way of having a bad time which has been devised.” < vol. 1     vol.3 > Of course, Cherry Garrard was writing about Polar exploration, but things are similar here in the cold, snowy mountains. I would have begged to differ about the cleanliness part until my weekly (or is that twice weekly?) wash this morning. The having a bad time part I definitely agree with. The other night Karim and I were woken by feeble cries outside. Daniele was requesting help. Drowsily... Read More

tom ballard nanga parbat expedition volume 1 | montane 08/01/2019
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Nanga parbat: Mummery Winter 1

Like most expeditions, things started fairly slowly. I landed in the sparkling new Islamabad airport at 1:30am. After an hour and a half I finally collected my checked bags. Then met with Ali Saltoro at arrivals and off to the hotel for much-needed sleep.  At lunch time I had breakfast. Met with trekkers Daniele and Allessandra and then reunited with climbing companion Daniele (trust the Italians to be confusing). vol. 2 > The next two days were spent organising the equipment to be sent by road to Chilas and attending... Read More