Category: Overseas Climbing

New Zealand Hindu Kush Expedition (Pakistan) 2014: Langua-tai-Barfi 7017m

Thankyou To start with I want to thank a number of people and organisations: Firstly, my climbing partner Chris, without whom we wouldn’t have got as high on the mountain as we did. Secondly, Abdur Razaq and Proffessor Karim Baig…

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,…

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…

The countdown is on……and things are falling into place!

Only two weeks until we leave for Afghanistan and things are finally, FINALLY… falling into place! Our passports made it back from Canberra with their Afghan visas on Monday and the next day Bill and I were off to the…

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…

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.…

2011: Afghanistan Adventure: Koh-e-Baba-Tangi (6515m)

Article from The Press Forty-eight hours supervised incarceration in a military compound in Western China leaves one with plenty of time for contemplation, and that’s just what my sister Christine and I did while awaiting deportation back to New Zealand…

2011:Packing for Koh-e-Baba-Tangi: five days to go!

Only five days to go before we leave for our Koh-e-Baba-Tangi expedition! We are busy packing, endlessly discussing what we can and cant take dependent on our limited baggage allowance, what we can get away without and what we can…

2011: Funny goings on leading up to Afghanistan

There’s been a couple of troubling things happen recently that have a vague connection to my upcoming trip to Afghanistan. The first is the Greg Mortenson exposé. Greg was something of a cult hero to many, including myself, due to…

2011: An upcoming expedition for July this year

2010 New Zealand Women’s Mountaineering Expedition to the Wakhan Corridor, Afghanistan Patricia Deavoll and Christine Byrch To make the first ascent of the North West Ridge of Koh-e-Baba-Tangi (6516m) in the Wakhan Corridor Hindu Kush Range,Northern Afghanistan Objective: Koh-e-Baba Tangi…

One of the Happy Ones

Its early July, and the snows arrived in the South Island. Daylight hours are short and its cold!Everyone with an outdoor bent is happily gearing up for an early ski season- everyone bar a small bunch of Kiwi mountaineers. These…

2008: Bekka Brakai Chhok update- Alpinist Newswire

By Lindsay Griffin; August 11. Italians Herve Barmasse and Simone Moro have made the first ascent of Beka Brakai Chhok (6940m), a high and imposing snow and ice peak in the Karakoram’s Batura Group. The ascent and descent were completed…

2008:Beka Brakai Chhok- second time round

Trying to justify expedition climbing in the Greater Ranges to a non climber is sometimes hard, but to justify travelling half the way around the world to fail for the second time on a chosen peak can be particularly torrid.…

2007: First ascent of Miandi Peak(6400m); attempt on the east ridge of Kharchakund, Gangotri region, Uttaranchal, India.

Account of the expedition for the New Zealand Climber magazine On October 5th Bruce Norman from Scotland and Pat Deavoll made what may be a first ascent of a 6400m peak in the Garwhal region of the Indian Himalayas. Pat…

2006: First ascent of Haizi Shan, Western Sichuan, China

It was deja vu: the same stream galloping by the main street, the same houses stacked one-on-one up the rocky hillside, the same visiting monks in their burgundy robes. The town of Kanding, gateway to Tibet, had changed little over…

2005: First ascent of Xiashe, Western Sichuan, China

I. Finding Paradise With hundreds of unclimbed mountains awaiting ascent and countless valleys to be walked up, China can be viewed as an explorer?s and climber?s paradise. Access to these areas has been approved only since 1980, when Deng Xiao-Ping…