2012

Dozens Killed in Tajikistan Battle

February 21, 2014
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Government Attacks Onetime Islamist Stronghold, Targeting a Border Official It Accuses of Smuggling KABUL—Heavy fighting erupted in the Tajikistan city of Khorog after central government forces confronted local commanders, with dozens of people reported dead in some of the worst violence in the former Soviet republic since its civil war ended in 1997. The...

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Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder (updated)

January 2, 2013
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Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder (updated)

If there’s a place so remote, so lost, that the seeds of curiosity don’t grow, it is the Wakhan Corridor of North East Afghanistan. Abandoned by government and severed from the rest of the world by geography, politics and ignorance, the people of the Wakhan have no desire to know what’s happening outside the...

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Article on me and my North Canterbury family in Essence Magazine.

December 1, 2012
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Article on me and my North Canterbury family in Essence Magazine.

Fifty-three-year-old mountaineer Pat Deavoll, who grew up on a farm in North Canterbury, has been climbing for more than three decades in the Southern Alps, the Canadian Rockies and Alaska, and the Greater Ranges of Asia. In spite of severe osteoarthritis and two bung knees, her will to take on challenging first ascents remains...

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Shortlisted for SPARC

September 19, 2012
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Shortlisted for SPARC

The team of Tim Church, Yvonne Pfluger, Graham Zimmerman and me…have been shortlisted for the 2012 Hillary Expedition Sparc Grants. For a mountain called Kampire Dior (7,100m) in NW Pakistan, up near the Afghan border. KD has been climbed once (about 40 years ago) from the west. We intend to climb it from the...

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2012 Next Magazine Woman of the Year

September 18, 2012
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Check out the nominations for the Next Magazine Woman of the Year Award. I’m near the bottom, in the Sport category, along with …my God! Irene van Dyk, Temepara George and Barbara Kendal!

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Staying staunch keeps Deavoll on top

August 29, 2012
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By John McCone Christchurch Press Pat Deavoll looks at me as if she is talking to a simpleton. “A lot of the time mountaineering is just sheer misery,” she says. “It’s really hard work.” What, you expected it to be some kind of fun? Hanging upside down on a thread from an ice face...

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Top Kiwi Mountaineer invited to prestigious mountain fest

August 29, 2012
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Monday, 11 June 2012, 3:32 pm Press Release: NZ Alpine Club 11th June 2012 Kiwi Alpinist and Mountaineer, Pat Deavoll, has been asked to speak at the prestigious Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival, in November. Pat’s autobiographical book “Wind from a Distant Summit” has gained plaudits and praise both in New Zealand and...

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Afghanistan 2012: second time round…

August 21, 2012
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Afghanistan 2012: second time round…

Our 2012 climbing trip to Afghanistan had all the excitement and drama of last years successful expedition to climb Koh-e-Baba-Tangi, if not more! But it did get off to a rocky start! After months of planning and work, our fourth member (and my climbing partner) saw fit to pull out three days before out...

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Dozens Killed in Tajikistan Battle

August 20, 2012
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Government Attacks Onetime Islamist Stronghold, Targeting a Border Official It Accuses of Smuggling KABUL—Heavy fighting erupted in the Tajikistan city of Khorog after central government forces confronted local commanders, with dozens of people reported dead in some of the worst violence in the former Soviet republic since its civil war ended in 1997. The...

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Only six weeks to go……Rohazon Zom

May 23, 2012
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Only six weeks to go……Rohazon Zom

Only six weeks to go before we leave for Afghanistan and things are starting to heat up! We are running short on time to obtain the three visas we need- China, Tajikistan and Afghanistan. For five weeks our passports languished in Belgium Customs while we tried to encourage the Tajikistan Embassy to supply the...

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Review of WFADS by Penelope Todd of Rosa Mira Books

May 23, 2012
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A review from author Penelope Todd, of Rosa Mira Books One woman, many mountains It strikes me, writing this, what a flimsy vessel a book is for recording the plethora of exploits Pat Deavoll has put herself through over the last thirty-five years. Nonetheless, in this handsome volume published by Craig Potton, Pat’s fine,...

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Paintings 2012…see all.

May 11, 2012
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Paintings 2012…see all.

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Book Review of Wind from a Distant Summit in Japanese Alpine News Vol 13, 2012

May 10, 2012
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Book Review of Wind from a Distant Summit in Japanese Alpine News Vol 13, 2012

By Satyabrata Dam The subtitle of the book is a misnomer since Pat is one of the worlds top all round alpinists (man or woman) today redefining boundaries and breaking barriers of mind body and soul in the vertical arena of high mountains. Of here climbing prowess, iron will and reckless passion the mountaineering...

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Wind from a Distant Summit gets Highly Commended at Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards

May 9, 2012
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20 March 2012 – Auckland – Auckland’s Charles Anderson won the Cathay Pacific Travel Writer of the Year Award and Timaru’s Natasha Martin took the Cathay Pacific Travel Photographer of the Year Award, presented tonight at the Travel Media Awards Gala Dinner at the Heritage Auckland’s Grand Tearoom. Wellington author Peter Riordan won the...

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2012 Easter in the Godley

April 23, 2012
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2012 Easter in the Godley

Easter started perfectly. Stunning weather forecast, great objective and a solid climbing partner in my sister Christine. We were off to climb Mt D’Archiac, a lovely mountain in the head of the Godley Glacier. I had climbed it two or three times in the past, but not in recent years. There was the promise...

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New reviews of Wind from a Distant Summit…..

March 16, 2012
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New reviews of Wind from a Distant Summit…..

Review by Louise Thornley for the Federated Mountain Clubs Bulletin. Number 197. Taking a well-earned breather from her 35 year climbing career elite alpinist Pat Deavoll has lingered long enough at ground level to write an autobiography. It’s a truly impressive account, taking the reader from the Southern Alps to remote and often unclimbed...

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2012 New Zealand Expedition to the Wakhan Corridor.

March 1, 2012
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2012 New Zealand Expedition to the Wakhan Corridor.

Off to Afghanistan again in 2012! Yipee! Our objective is Rahozon Zom (6535m), a mountain which lies on the Afghan/ Pakistan border and has had one ascent in 1969 by a team of Austrians via the Chitral Valley in Pakitan. It has never been climbed from the Afghan side. We have no information of...

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‘ A Day to Die For’ Graham Ratcliff

February 9, 2012
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Since the ill-fated Everest guiding season of 1996, there have been numerous books written on the storm that killed eight people on the mountain on May 11, including Kiwi guides Rob Hall and Andy Harris. So my first reaction to Graham Ratcliff’s A Day To Die For was, “Oh no! What more can be...

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South (Hillary) Ridge Of (Aoraki) Mt Cook at New Year

February 4, 2012
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South (Hillary) Ridge Of (Aoraki) Mt Cook at New Year

A couple of years ago there was a big national debate in New Zealand whether to rename the South Ridge of Mt Cook ( now called Aoraki Mt Cook) the Hillary Ridge, in remembrance of our icon Sir Ed who died recently. The argument didn’t just involve the climbers- it seemed to embroil much...

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