Last edited by MastanKhan; 08-02-2011 at 02:14 PM.
Australia routinely conducts training operations with the Pakistani army.
Australia donated $45 million dollars to the Pakistani flood appeal.
Of course it never is really warm up there. But during the summers if the wind catches up or when the sun goes down it gets cold enough to wear 3 layers. At 3800 meters in the summers a little sun light without wind can make you sweat if you exert your self. But without a moments notice the wind can pick up and you can get ill, even with a breeze if your not prepared. Btw anyone who has ever been up there will always take the climate there very seriously. Any one showing off up there is only an idiot and nothing more. Even the locals there dont take the climate easily at any time of the year. And the guys in the pic would surely know what they are doing.
ps: The winters are a VERY different ball game all together.
Last edited by krash; 08-08-2011 at 02:29 AM.
Pakistan and Australia can really strengthen their defence ties too since image of Australia in Pakistan is different than that of America and other nato countries.....Indians and Australians dont go along cause of indian atitude towards the australians
Joint exercise to any developed military are good for Pakistan. We share and learn simultaneously. Exercises like this should continue in the future to enhanc the military-to-military relationship.
No PR178/2011-ISPR Dated: August 9, 2011
Rawalpindi - August 9, 2011:
PAK-AUSTRALIAN JOINT MOUNTAIN EXPEDITION
A Joint mountain expedition of Pakistan and Australian Army climbed 7020 Meter high Mountain Spantik. 14 members expedition comprised of Eight Pakistani and Six Australians headed by Lieutenant Colonel Ahsan Akhtar Kiyani and Major Zac Zaharias respectively. The expedition after traversing the height has reached back safely at Skardu, where they were received warmly and greeted for their success.
I had lived in the snow country here in the u s for around 8 years-----one time driving through evanston wyoming at around 9 o'clock in the morning---middle of june 1984----it suddenly started snowing out of nowhere----was supposed to be hot----the car always had an extra blanket---snow chains---tow chain in the trunk all year long---as well as long boots----. Living in snow is a different experience----. Cold never forgives----one mistake and you suffer.
Pakistan Australia Joint Military Mountaineering Expedition Team, after having successfully scaled Spantik peak in Baltistan region, called on to meet Lieutenant General Muzammil Hussain, Inspector General Training & Evaluation on Monday. (15-08-2011)
We were 4 guys at around 4500 meters in December behind Khaplu village, having trekked for 4 days. -25 C to -30 C during the day. We were all wearing 3 layers of woolen clothing (excluding the woolen thermals). The bright sunlight coupled with the exertion from the climb was keeping us comfortably warm when suddenly a brief breeze started blowing right into our faces coming through the pass ahead. We all stopped opened our backpacks and got out our down jackets, except for one not so bright fellow. Against all our warning and discouragement he refused to wear his down. He was inexperienced in the ways of the North and, having lagged behind all of us during the climb, was eager to strut his manliness around in front of us. Needless to say it took 5 to 10 min of that bone freezing breeze to make him start barfing everywhere. We had to dump two of our backpacks since the man had to be brought back down to base camp on our backs because he literally couldn't see, stand up, talk or even entertain any comprehensible thought in his mind. He ruined our 4 days of hard effort, risked frost bite, made us go through hell and almost lost his life just because of his stupidity. Had you seen the state he was in you would not have believed that he would actually survive. Neither did we. But thankfully, against all odds, he did. Everyone had to come back because he had to be taken to Skardu and sent back to Islamabad by air.
I have had experiences of guys falling victim to the cold up there despite having taken all the necessary precautions and that too in the summers. There is no room for pride or boastfulness against the climate. You have to respect it or it will break you. Anyone who's ever been up North knows that.
Last edited by krash; 08-16-2011 at 03:00 AM.
Its really nice to know that both the teams were successful. As a climber i think to participate in any kind of expedition is not a big matter the thing which is countable is that how many participants summit the peak? and who was leading the team to the peak and it will please every one who reads this article if u post few pics after summitting.
Well, a experience of winter in murree, it is really cold there, forget about the more higher places. Winter is really unforgiving in the open wilderness.
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