Text Box: Nicholas Rice
Extreme High Altitude Athlete
Text Box: Xpedition 8000

K2 South-Southeast Spur Expedition 2008         

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Dispatch 1: May 30th, 2008 Arrival In Islamabad, Pakistan

Dispatch 2: May 31st, 2008 Day In Islamabad

Dispatch 3: June 1st, 2008 Rawalpindi; Running Errands

Dispatch 4: June 2nd, 2008 Bomb Blast In Islamabad

Dispatch 5: June 3rd, 2008 Scorching Heat in Islamabad

Dispatch 6: June 4th, 2008 Islamabad; News for Departure to Skardu

Dispatch 7: June 5th, 2008 Al Qaeda Claims Responsibility for Blast

Dispatch 8: June 6th, 2008 New Security Threats in Islamabad

Dispatch 9: Another Day in Islamabad; News from Lina

Dispatch 10: False Hopes for Flights; Islamabad to Besham by Road

Dispatch 11: June 9th, 2008 Besham to Skardu By Road

Dispatch 12: Day In Skardu; Final Preparations for Trek to BC#

Dispatch 13: June 11th, 2008 Skardu to Askole; Landslides, Injuries

Dispatch 14: June 12th, 2008 Askole to Jhula

Dispatch 15: June 13th, 2008 Jhula to Paiju; More Familiar Faces

Dispatch 16: June 14th, 2008 Rest Day in Paiju

Dispatch 17: June 15th, 2008 Paiju to Urdukas

Dispatch 18: June 16th, 2008 Urdukas to Goro II

Dispatch 19: June 17th, 2008 Goro II to Broad Peak Base Camp

Dispatch 20: Broad Peak BC to K2 Base Camp; Stormy Weather

Dispatch 21: June 19th, 2008 Rest Day at K2 Base Camp

Dispatch 22: June 20th, 2008 Stormy Rest Day at K2 BC

Dispatch 23: June 21st, 2008 Climb to 5,500m on the Cesan Route
Dispatch 24: June 22nd,  2008 Rest Day at K2 Base Camp

Dispatch 25: Major Stomach Problems, Carry to Camp I Postponed

Dispatch 26: June 24th, 2008 Recovery at Base Camp

Dispatch 27: Diagnosis: Giardiasis; Avalanche Sweeps Route

Dispatch 28: Climb to Camp I; Snowfall begins with high winds

Dispatch 29: Retreat from Camp I in Bad Weather; Heavy Snowfall

Dispatch 30: Climber Missing on Broad Peak; Visit to Broad Peak BC

Dispatch 31: Climbing Politics Take over K2 Base Camp 

Dispatch 32: Stormy Day in Base Camp; New Plans on Broad Peak

Dispatch 33: Climb from Base Camp to Camp II (K2; Cesan Route)

Dispatch 34: Rest Day in Camp II (6,300 meters) (K2; Cesan Route)

Dispatch 35: Climb from Camp II to Camp III (7,000 meters) (K2)

Dispatch 36: Retreat from Camp III to K2 Base Camp

Dispatch 37: Rest Day in K2 Base Camp; Photo of Cesan Route

Dispatch 38: French Return from BP Acclimatization; Visit to BP BC

Dispatch 39: Rest Day in K2 Base Camp; Another Heli Evacuation

Dispatch 40: Rest Day in K2 BC; Visit from Spanish BP Members

Dispatch 41: Wait for Summit Weather Window Continues

Dispatch 42: Aga Khan Golden Jubilee Celebration in K2 Base Camp

Dispatch 43: Carry on Cesan Route Aborted; High Winds

Dispatch 44: Tent at Camp III Destroyed; Visit to Gilkey Memorial

Dispatch 45: Snowy Day in K2 Base Camp; Statement from French

Dispatch 46: Narrow Escape from Huge Avalanche on Cesan Route

Dispatch 47: Climb to Camp II; Enormous Avalanche on Cesan

Dispatch 48: Sleepless Night in Camp II; Retreat to Base Camp

Dispatch 49: Gloomy Rest Day in K2 BC; Visit to Broad Peak BC

Dispatch 50: K2 Base Camp Waits with Fading Optimism

Dispatch 51: Hugues Makes Decision to Go Home; Heavy Snowfall

Dispatch 52: K2 Base Camp; Visit to Norit Exp.; Visit from Mexicans 

Dispatch 53: Change in Weather Forecast; Summit Window in Sight

Dispatch 54: Snowfall Continues; Three French Out of Time  

Dispatch 55: French Leave BC; Busy Day in K2 BC; Snow Continues

Dispatch 56: K2 Base Camp; Visit from Spanish and Daniele Nardi

Dispatch 57: Visit to Broad Peak BC; Spanish, Mexican, Italian

Dispatch 58: Final Preparations for Summit Push on Cesan Route

Dispatch 59:SUMMIT PUSH-Climb from Base Camp to Camp II

Dispatch 60: SUMMIT PUSH-Windy Climb from Camp II to Camp III

Dispatch 61: SUMMIT PUSH- Camp III to 7,800 meters; Extreme Winds

Dispatch 62: SUMMIT PUSH-7,800 meter Camp to Camp IV (Shoulder)

Dispatch 63: SUMMIT PUSH- Summit Day; Tragedy Begins

Dispatch 64: SUMMIT PUSH- Climbers Stranded Above Bottleneck

Dispatch 65: SUMMIT PUSH- The Aftermath; Wilco Brought Down

Dispatch 66: SUMMIT PUSH- The Final Cost

Dispatch 67: Gloomy Day in K2 Base Camp; Gilkey Memorial

Dispatch 68: Wait for Porters Continues; Italians Evacuated

Dispatch 69: K2 Base Camp; Packing; Endless Interviews

Dispatch 70: K2 Base Camp; Final Preparations for Trek Down

Dispatch 71: K2 Base Camp to Goro II; Problems With Porters

Dispatch 72: Trek from Goro II to Lillygo; Injured Foot

Dispatch 73: Lillygo to Jhula; Scorching Heat; Excrutiating Pain

Dispatch 74: Jhula to Pakora; Jeep Ride to Skardu

Dispatch 75: Skardu to Chilas by Road

Dispatch 76: Chilas to Islamabad by Road; Pakistan Independence Day

Dispatch 77: Islamabad; Debriefing, French Embassy, Shiffa Hospital

Dispatch 78: Flight from Islamabad to London; Night in London

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