2008 K2 and Broad Peak Expedition
Dispatch Sixty-nine: August 7th, 2008
Day Sixty-nine: K2 Base Camp; Packing; Endless Interviews
Today, again after far too little sleep, I woke up and headed down for another lonely breakfast. I again repeated my routine of starting up the generator, sifting through hundreds of emails and systematically prioritizing which I would answer. I counted the newspapers I have been in the last few days and got a number in the forties. It is truly a shame that it takes a tragedy of this scale for the media to suddenly take interest in my story. Anyway, base camp is really emptying out now, with only the Singaporeans and Americans left. They are still considering another try for the summit. My mind is now firmly focused on getting down and heading home. The porters may either come tonight or tomorrow so within the next two days my live interviews from K2 base camp will be a thing of the past. Since today was so boring, and I have no idea what to talk about in my dispatch, I will put the links to a few of my recent radio and TV interviews below. I havenít myself listened to them, so I canít be sure that my statements havenít been taken out of context, but I will take the risk and let you be the judge, as you most probably have read my other dispatches and have a pretty good idea of my version of things.
BBCís Radio Programme Outlook (up this week only): click here
NPR (National Pubic Radio) Day to Day: click here
KNX1070 CBS News Radio: click here
CBS Evening News London: click here
I put the URL below the link in case you canít click on the link. If this is the case, just copy and paste the URL into your address bar in your internet browser and you should be able to view the footage.
Left: Abbas helping put up the memorial plates in Gilkey Memorial
Right: Hugues and Shaheem Baig before the Summit Push with K2 in the background