Posted: Jun 23, 2015 10:37 am EDT
(Tina Sjogren) In the aftermath of the Nanga Parbat base camp murders, the Gilgit-Baltistan government has formed a highly trained police unit to provide security to climbers. Just in case cops are busy elsewhere though, here go some Pakistan base camp survival tricks derived from other extreme places.
1. Don’t fly a “I am Charlie” banner on your tent.
2. Bring a bear fence.
3. Adopt a local dog.
4. If strange looking men with guns approach, send out your biggest (not smartest) guy to negotiate.
5. Tell your man to:
- stand on the highest rock,
- don’t smile,
- make an offer and then shut up (whoever talks first is the loser).
6. If they advance: in a soft but strong voice ask them how you can assist them. Address them “Sir”.
7. At this point, buddies should speak loudly from inside the tent, apparently talking on sat phones with someone important.
8. If worse comes to worst, throw all your gasoline at them with a lit match after.
9. Scatter and run for the hills. It’s surprisingly hard to shoot a running object and remember they are not acclimatized.
10. Pile up fist sized rocks in strategic places (beforehand), take cover and start throwing. Whatever you do, don’t be a sitting duck. The minute you’re kneeling with your hands behind your head you’re dead.
Last word: Bring Sun Tzu's Art of War to BC. They read it. So should you. Realize it’s all about preparation, awareness and deception.
And now you only have to survive the climb. Godspeed.
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