Pakistan wrap-up: Hopes for sunshine after rain

Posted: Aug 12, 2010 06:35 am EDT

(ExplorersWeb/Madrid) Heavy rains soaked K2 BC as climbers paid tribute to lost mate Fredrik Ericsson; a devastated Gerlinde has aborted the attempt on her ultimate 8000er, and fresh floods enlarged the path of destruction along the Indus river banks. There will be sunshine after rain though: Forecasts announce the monsoon is finally moving away, while the few remaining K2 climbers hope for a new summit chance next week.

K2--Gerlinde: I just want to go home

Rain poured over K2 BC as a memorial service was held for Fredrik Ericsson at the Gilkey Memorial on Monday, David Schipper reported.

Deeply shocked, Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner has abandoned K2 one more year and left together with husband Ralf Dujmovits. I dont know when or if I will come back to K2 at allright know I cant think about the future, she told Austrian media. For now, I just want to get away from here, I want to go home.

The couple hoped to return home by August 15, if they manage to catch a flight out of Skardu, isolated by land after the KHH was closed due to floods 12 days ago.

As for FTA's Fabrizio Zangrilli, according to a report yesterday, he's expected to pack and leave today.

On the contrary, Austrian sky-runner Christian Stangl will remain in BC hoping for yet another summit chance, according to Der Standard: Forecasts by Karl Gabl show conditions might improve next week.

Kazakhs Maxut Zhumayev and Vassiliy Pivtsov, who didnt join the latest summit push due to lack of acclimatization, are also in BC and reportedly ready to attempt the summit.

Floods update: Monsoon low moving away

Precipitation is also expected to decrease throught the country. The latest rainfalls on Monday and Tuesday have left at least 40 people dead in Gilgit-Baltistan, including four women and 29 children, according to Dawn.com.

Meanwhile, Shahrah-i-Karakoram (Karakorum Highway), which has been closed due to floods and land sliding for the past 12 days, had caused severe shortages of food in the area, DawnNews added.

Luckily, the countrys Flood Forecasting Division (FFD) has announced the end of torrential rains, as the monsoon low moves over to China. A second flood wave earlier this week caused widespread damage and misery, especially along the Indus valley towards the Arabian Sea.

ExWeb correspondent in Islamabad Karrar Haidri has submitted a YouTube video with some shocking images shot in Swat region. Check the footage here.

Flash-floods in Leh: no American casualties reported

As for India, a total of 166 people, including 23 foreigners, were killed in flash floods caused by cloudburst that devastated Leh last Friday, and more than 400 people are still missing, according to The Times of India.

"Roughly a hundred Americans have been affected by the floods in India thus far. We have no reported deaths or injuries at this time," US State Department spokesman P J Crowley told media.

Links to 2010 Pakistan teams:

K2

Fredrik Ericsson

Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner

Kinga Baranowska

Marcin Miotk

Polish expedition info - FB

News on Leila Esfandyari - IMZ

Field Touring Alpine - blog

Meagan McGrath (with FTA)

Louis and Kat (logistics with FTA)

Fabrizio Zangrilli

Jacek Teler

Maxut Zhumaiev

Gasherbrums

Radek Jaros

Petr Masek

Libor Uher

Don Bowie: GIII+GIV

Altitude Junkies

Arian Lemal

Colombian Expedition dispatches

Lesser Peaks

David Falt: Latok I

Hassin Peak Feedom 2010
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Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner on K2 slopes some weeks ago.
Image by Ralf Dujmovits courtesy Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, SOURCE
Bahrain village, in Pakistan's Swat region, destryed by floods, Aug 2010.
courtesy ZamaSwat channel / ZamaSwat.com, SOURCE