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Pakistan Army’s highest rescue at Latok-1’s North Ridge, the climber’s kryptonite

Latok-1 is probably one of the hardest 7,000m peaks to summit and has always attracted top mountaineers from all around the world. But it is the Latok-1’s unconquered North Ridge which is considered a Holy Grail among climbers. Jim Donini, Michael Kennedy, Jeff Lowe and George Lowe were the first ones to attempt to climb…

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Pakistani to accompany Frenchman to conquer Everest

Pakistani mountaineer Muhammad Ali Sadpara will accompany a French climber who has set himself the goal of conquering Everest in 2022, the year of his 70th birthday. The expedition will include Nepalese Pasang Nuru Sherpa, reported the French Montages magazine. This is Goal 2022 for Marc Batard, the “Everest sprinter”, who has two climbs (1988…

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Scaling new heights: Nepal’s woman becomes mountain guide

KATHMANDU: When Dawa Yangzum Sherpa first set her sights on being a mountain guide, she was told it was no job for a girl. Now she has proved her doubters wrong, becoming Nepal’s first woman to earn a prestigious international qualification. Last month, the 27-year-old completed a rigorous course run by the Swiss-based International Federation…

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Pakistan rock climbers scale new heights

ISLAMABAD: A dozen young men and women stand before a rock face on the outskirts of Islamabad, challenging and cheering each other on as they take turns scrambling up the limestone in front of curious onlookers. The country has long been a magnet for mountaineers, drawn by the grandeur of regions like Gilgit-Baltistan, where three…

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SAMAA hails Samina—Pakistan’s greatest mountaineer

SAMAA pays tribute to Samina Baig—a courageous and lionhearted lady who is saluted and celebrated by awe-inspiring mountain ranges, sky-kissing peaks and soul-chilling snow-capped mountainsides. Having stepped into her mountaineering career in 2010, this brave soul did not relent her pace even to look back awhile to the effect that her consistent pursuit made her…

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Bodies of Himalaya climbers emerge from 16 yrs

KATHMANDU, NEPAL: The bodies of top mountaineer Alex Lowe and his cameraman have been found in a Himalayan glacier, 16 years after they were buried by an avalanche on one of the world’s highest mountains. Two climbers last week came across the men’s remains “still encased in blue ice but beginning to emerge from the…

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Himalayan massacre spells end for Pakistan mountaineering

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's once thriving mountaineering industry is reeling from the killing by militants of 10 foreign climbers, a massacre likely to drive away all but the hardiest adventurers from some of the world's tallest and most pristine peaks.A tour company present during the attack said gunmen dressed as police ordered tourists out of tents at…

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Undaunted girls in mountaineering

Girls are not a step behind boys even in playing with dangers. The mountaineering is no exception. Fozia Ali reports from Islamabad.

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SAMAA VIDEO – Mountaineering in Pakistan

Tariq Waheed highlights the interests of youngsters in mountaineering in NWFP, Pakistan. (December 12, 2009)

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