Category: 2012

Dozens Killed in Tajikistan Battle

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…

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,…

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…

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…

2012 Next Magazine Woman of the Year

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!

Staying staunch keeps Deavoll on top

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…

Top Kiwi Mountaineer invited to prestigious mountain fest

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…

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…

Dozens Killed in Tajikistan Battle

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…

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…

Review of WFADS by Penelope Todd of Rosa Mira Books

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…

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…

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…

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.…

‘ A Day to Die For’ Graham Ratcliff

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…

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…