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Sunday
Oct182009

Lower Abruzzi Ridge, K2

This is a George Dijmarescu photo of Dave skiing the wall to climbers left of the Abruzzi ridge.  This face is 4,500 vertical feet and 40-45 degrees almost the whole way.  It starts at the cliff band at 22,000 ft (camp 2), which is home to the House Chimney and the bottom of the Black Pyramid.  It ends at the Godwin-Austen glacier and advanced base camp at 17,500 ft.  The top half of the run was frozen corn and white ice.  It then transitioned to breakable crust and wind slab finally changing to awesome corn.

Friday
Oct162009

Srinagar, Kashmir Dal lake's floating vegetable market

Between 6 and 7 am every morning there is a floating market on Dal Lake.  The small boats are called shikaras and they are used to transport all of the people and food out to the famous houseboats that were left behind by the british colonizers.  Thanks again to Jon Carolin for the image.

Wednesday
Oct142009

Gulmarg, Kashmir

This shot was taken by Jon Carolin on a typical day at Gulmarg.  This line is known as the "Shark Fin".  It is a 45 minute hike from the top of the gondola and is the true summit of Mt. Apherwat.  I try to ski this one when ever possible.

Sunday
Oct112009

Srinagar, Kashmir

Srinagar, the summer capitol of Indian controlled Kashmir.  This image looks across Dal lake at the mosque and the Pir Panjal mountain range.  Over the past 2 winters, I have spent 6 months skiing powder and working in this area.  This winter I will go back to continue working on a project to promote tourism and train local skiers to be safe and responsible backcountry ski guides.  Big thanks to Jon Carolin for sharing this photograph.

Friday
Oct092009

Pakistan, home of the best mountains on Earth


Porters walking the 80 km to reach K2 base camp.