Trip Report
2018 Biafo/Latok trek...a pictorial
Thursday September 13, 2018 9:29pm
We pulled it off...a double black diamond trek for sure. No groomed trails and tea houses here.
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Up the Biafo glacier to Snow Lake then over Sim La Pass to the unparalleled Latok/Ogre cirque
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The road to Askole often needs work to clear frequent landslides.
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Askole, the jumping off point at 10,000 ft. still has a middle age feel.
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Credit: donini
The scenery on the Biafo is stunning.
Camp on the Biafo
Camp on the Biafo
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Granite, granite everywhere
Granite, granite everywhere
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Credit: donini
Bring some cams for these peaks
Bring some cams for these peaks
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And the camping is okay.
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Horses need shoeing.
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The crew
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A little cricket
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And some dancing
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Looking down the Biafo
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And up
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Heading to the ice
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These balti horses will go anywhere
These balti horses will go anywhere
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Credit: donini
Credit: donini
A peak I tried in 1993 with Jack Tackle
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Needs climbing
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Snow Lake
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Credit: donini
The ice is 4,000 ft. thick here
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Credit: donini
Moose with his umbrella
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Camping on the ice
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Heading to Sim La Pass
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Snow moves
Snow moves
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Sim La Pass 17,700 ft.
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Getting down wasnít trivial
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Moving on, my wife and Moose
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Heading to the Choktoi
Fun stuff here
Fun stuff here
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Credit: donini
Huber basecamp at last
I suppose the following views make it all worthwhile
Full moon over Latok 1
Full moon over Latok 1
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Ogre 2: keft...the Ogre, right
Ogre 2: keft...the Ogre, right
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Latok 1
Latok 1
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Credit: donini
Credit: donini
Stay tuned for info. on 2019 trek!

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donini is a trad climber from Ouray, Colorado.

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i-b-goB

Social climber
Nutty
  Sep 13, 2018 - 09:40pm PT
Stellar, Jim!
hellroaring

Trad climber
San Francisco
  Sep 13, 2018 - 09:42pm PT
Damn! That's some gorgeous & wild looking country...
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
  Sep 13, 2018 - 09:45pm PT
Dang....

DMT
Delhi Dog

climber
Good Question...
  Sep 13, 2018 - 09:51pm PT
Yeah baby!
Beautiful.
That 'Tackle' peak looks absofukinglootly amazing!
johntp

Trad climber
Little Rock and Loving It
  Sep 13, 2018 - 09:51pm PT
Thanks! Knew the TR would come along. TFPU!

The photos are stunning; can only imagine what that scenery is like live and in person.
EdBannister

Mountain climber
13,000 feet
  Sep 13, 2018 - 09:52pm PT
Outstanding Jim!!

Gorgeous photos.

Thank you very much for posting!!
ionlyski

Trad climber
Polebridge, Montana
  Sep 13, 2018 - 10:51pm PT
My God Donini! You have certainly lived the dream Jim, so many times over. Those are fantastic photos of what must have been surreal vantage points. I can't believe the eye candy. What's the deal on that granite spire you & Jack attempted? That thing is compact.

Arne

2019-Sign me up Jim, seriously.
moosedrool

climber
Andrzej Citkowicz far away from Poland
  Sep 13, 2018 - 11:06pm PT
Great pics, Jim. Itís like I was right there!

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Credit: moosedrool

Moose
frostback

Social climber
great white north
  Sep 14, 2018 - 04:16am PT
Cracking!
TFPU
EdwardT

Trad climber
Retired
  Sep 14, 2018 - 04:27am PT
Incredible!

Thanks for posting.
ECF

Big Wall climber
Ridgway CO
  Sep 14, 2018 - 05:46am PT
Youíve got some mad photoshop skill there, old bro.

I mean, that canít be a real place...

No wonder you are never home.
Don Paul

Social climber
Washington DC
  Sep 14, 2018 - 06:15am PT
Wow I want to go there. Please keep a rope on the Moose lol.
xCon

Social climber
909
  Sep 14, 2018 - 06:15am PT
could have brought chairs for everybody?
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
  Sep 14, 2018 - 06:22am PT
wow, what a lift to the spirit. this is where my mind will be wandering to all day today. I can only imagine the boost you all got from being there. The real fountain of youth!
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Author's Reply  Sep 14, 2018 - 06:27am PT
Chairs....yep, we had chairs.
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yanqui

climber
Balcarce, Argentina
  Sep 14, 2018 - 06:31am PT
Excellent awesomeness! A couple of photos of you and Moose dinning in Pakistan actually showed up on my FB feed. To quote David Bowie: "Golden years, gold whop whop whop".
Contractor

Boulder climber
CA
  Sep 14, 2018 - 06:32am PT
A post card, every last one of those...amazing!
Stewart Johnson

Mountain climber
lake forest
  Sep 14, 2018 - 06:39am PT
Brilliant!
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
  Sep 14, 2018 - 06:58am PT
WOW!!!
Thanks Jim, looking forward to more!
mcreel

climber
Barcelona
  Sep 14, 2018 - 07:45am PT
Wow, amazing!
Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
  Sep 14, 2018 - 07:48am PT
Stunning!
FRUMY

Trad climber
Bishop,CA
  Sep 14, 2018 - 08:38am PT
Brilliant TFPU
skywalker1

Trad climber
co
  Sep 14, 2018 - 09:33am PT
Amazing scenery! Inspiring and gets my wanderlust going.

Thanks for the posting!

Dan
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
  Sep 14, 2018 - 08:46am PT
Beautiful, thanks for sharing.
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
  Sep 14, 2018 - 09:10am PT
Amazing......
Ney Grant

Trad climber
Pollock Pines
  Sep 14, 2018 - 09:40am PT
Stunningly beautiful. Wow.
Jim Clipper

climber
  Sep 14, 2018 - 09:54am PT
It's nice that they keep the ice all filled in. I imagine the valley would be different if empty.



#moosegroan
Larry Nelson

Social climber
  Sep 14, 2018 - 12:08pm PT
Dayum...living the dream.
much respect
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
  Sep 14, 2018 - 01:24pm PT
Wow.

Wow wow wow.

Great TR!
norm larson

climber
wilson, wyoming
  Sep 14, 2018 - 02:53pm PT
Thanks Jim. Long way to go to go camping. Beautiful pictures.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Author's Reply  Sep 14, 2018 - 05:00pm PT
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Soft beauty as well
Grippa

Trad climber
Salt Lake City, UT
  Sep 14, 2018 - 07:24pm PT
holy f*#king shit! Donini and Moose 2020!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
  Sep 14, 2018 - 07:50pm PT
Now we just need...."the story behind the pictures". Awesomeness Angela and Jim!
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
  Sep 14, 2018 - 08:09pm PT
Thanks Jim (and Moose).
Kalimon

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
  Sep 14, 2018 - 10:44pm PT
Lovely.
Jody

climber
Occupied Territory
  Sep 15, 2018 - 06:59am PT
Impressive!
SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, Moab, A sailboat, or some time zone
  Sep 15, 2018 - 07:01am PT
The BEST!


Susan
Fritz

Social climber
Choss Creek, ID
  Sep 15, 2018 - 08:35am PT
Stout adventuring & awesome photos lads! You've done well.
AntiChrist

Gym climber
Urth
  Sep 15, 2018 - 09:11am PT
I thought this was about Jello Biafra. Oh well, pretty pictures are good enough. Any good bouldering?
moosedrool

climber
Andrzej Citkowicz far away from Poland
  Sep 15, 2018 - 11:04am PT
Bouldering is pretty good.

Thomas Huber showing me how it's done.
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Thomas yelling, Moose, you are too high!
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My first 8,000m peak, Nanga Parbat. (On the flight from Islamabad to Skardu).
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Yak!
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Fortress overlooking Skardu.
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Old Buddhists' carvings, the only reminder of the oldest settlers.
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Typical street in Skardu.
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Glacier time. Biafo.
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Snowy morning below Simla Pass.
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Look closer...
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In our dining room. Jim, Thomas, Yannick, Simon, Rainer, Laura, and Tim. We were guest's of Thomas for two weeks.
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Ali The Cook in his kitchen. The cook was able to make some incredible meals in that place, including pizzas and birthday cake.
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Pedro Goulash looking for scraps.
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Sketchy terrein on the way back.
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One of the many river crossings.
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Moose

Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
  Sep 15, 2018 - 09:34pm PT
FANTASTIC TR!
Land of Alpine Dreams going way back.
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
  Sep 15, 2018 - 09:49pm PT
Iím sure that Pedro and his scraps were short lived. A good trip and thanks for
posting !
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Sep 16, 2018 - 02:10am PT
Wow Jim, Latok sure is one hell of a proud line 👍👍
Stellar photography,
Cheers
climbski2

Mountain climber
The Ocean
  Sep 16, 2018 - 04:52am PT
Wow...Thanks for the share!
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
  Sep 16, 2018 - 05:11am PT
Wow!
Bad Climber

Trad climber
The Lawless Border Regions
  Sep 16, 2018 - 07:13am PT
Keep this baby bumped. Amazing.

BAd
steveA

Trad climber
Wolfeboro, NH
  Sep 16, 2018 - 10:44am PT
WOW!

I bet you will get plenty of request for the next trip. Always wanted to see that part of the world.
Kalimon

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
  Sep 16, 2018 - 12:21pm PT
Kudos to the Kudos!

What's the per person cost of this trip?
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Author's Reply  Sep 16, 2018 - 08:26pm PT
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Tim Kudo loving life.

Trip cost for 22 days including hotels in Islamabad and Skardu. Jet travel from Islamabad to Skardu. Jeeps to Askole and all porters and horses for 16 days trekking including all food and 55 lbs. personal baggage to be portered. Food is excellent and plentiful and meals are eaten in a large tent with table and chairs.

Itís a strenuous trek but accommodations are oretty sweet...you even can exoect excellent pizza and desserts.

Cost is $3,450 or about $150 a day.
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
  Sep 16, 2018 - 08:46pm PT
Nice work Jim. Looks like very much fun.

That river of ice is something to see. Now I understand the forces that carved the valley of the upper Kern river in the Sierra. The ice just flows down for a long long way.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Author's Reply  Sep 19, 2018 - 07:25am PT
A picture bump for people who missed it.
Credit: Huber
stevep

Boulder climber
Salt Lake, UT
  Sep 19, 2018 - 09:33am PT
Very nice Jim, and that price seems very reasonable for that trip. I'm definitely tempted.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
  Sep 19, 2018 - 03:12pm PT
Jim
Can I go next year????

REALLY!!!
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
  Sep 19, 2018 - 03:42pm PT
Wow great shots Jim.
moosedrool

climber
Andrzej Citkowicz far away from Poland
  Sep 19, 2018 - 03:45pm PT
that price seems very reasonable for that trip.

stevep, the price IS reasonable, but the whole cost of the trip is much higher. You need to add the cost of the round trip to Islamabad (about $1000 airfare), plus tips and other miscellaneous expenses. My total cost for 6 weeks was over $6,000, not to mention the personal gear/clothing I had to buy for the trek.

For that price, we lived in luxury (as a developing country and an off road adventure can deliver). At one point I started wondering how much would it cost to ride a horse. Hehe

Well, it was the best trip in my life. Can't really put a price on that!

Moose
micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
  Sep 19, 2018 - 03:55pm PT
This thread has too much beauty to just scroll over. I hope to find some time soon to take my time with each image and soak them in. Welcome home gents.

Scott
kaholatingtong

Trad climber
The fake McCoy from nevernever land.
  Sep 19, 2018 - 04:06pm PT
Absolutely beautiful. Cheers!
Timid TopRope

Social climber
the land of Pale Ale
  Sep 19, 2018 - 05:21pm PT
Super nice. Hopefully Moosedrool will share more of this adventure next week in Yeller Pines. Great photos, Jim. Happy to see you included a flower pic. I know how you like to tiptoe through the tulips.
Andy T
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