Starting June 4th, Kris Erickson, John Griber, Hilaree O’Neill, and Ingrid Backstrom will focus their skills and passion on the Gasherbrum mountains of the Baltoro Glacier in Pakistan. This group will attempt to climb and ski/snowboard Gasherbrum II. Through live dispatches and video blogs, you will be able to witness an incredible summit and very aesthetic ski descent.
And tomorrow this team’s journey begins…
Gasherbrum II ( also known as K4) is the 13th highest mountain on Earth, resting on the boarder of Pakistan and China. Gasherbrum II is the third highest peak of the Gasherbrum massif and is classified as being in the Karakoram range of the Himalaya. The mountain measures an altitude of 8035 meters or 26,515 feet.
The route was first climbed 1956 by Austrian’s Fritz Moravec, Josef Larch, and Hans Willenpart. Some of the other historic ascents of the mountain are the second ascent in 1975 by a French Expedition as well as the first female ascent by the Polish woman, Wanda Rutkiewicz.