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A Prayer for a Friend

A Prayer for a Friend

By The Dirtbag Diaries   |   Sep 13, 2007 September 13, 2007

After a well-deserved vacation, Fitz Cahall and The Dirtbag Diaries are back on the air. Episode 9 is presented to you here as both an mp3 podcast and a photo-enhanced video, embedded after the jump. From Fitz: How do people remember the dead? Some people… Read More

First Bath Since August 16th

First Bath Since August 16th

By Steve House   |   Sep 12, 2007 September 12, 2007

As promised, Steve House called in again with a quick update from the Charakusa Valley in Pakistan. It sounds like the weather has been bad enough to put the kibosh on K6 West. On the upside, the team is hoping to get out for a Sierra-style rock climb that… Read More

Glimpsing Shafat Fortress

Glimpsing Shafat Fortress

Sep 11, 2007 September 11, 2007

As reported on Climbing Magazine's site, Coloradans Jonathan Copp and Micah Dash recently made the first ascent of Shafat Fortress in pure alpine style. Located in Kashmir, India, Shafat Fortress stands 19,200-feet tall; the team's line has been dubbed The Colorado Route (VI, 5.11, M6, A1). Full… Read More

Steve House

The Story of K7 West

By Steve House   |   Sep 10, 2007 September 10, 2007

If you’ve been following the sat phone updates from Steve House here on The Cleanest Line you know that he, Vince Anderson and Marko Prezelj recently summited the previously unclimbed West Peak of K7 in Pakistan’s Charakusa Valley. Today we present a complete recap of the climb as told by… Read More

K6 & 7: K7 West Goes

K6 & 7: K7 West Goes

By Steve House   |   Sep 4, 2007 September 4, 2007

While the rest of us were barbequing, sitting in traffic or off on an adventure of our own, Steve House, Vince Anderson and Marko Prezelj successfully climbed the west summit of K7. Check out Steve’s short update from this morning and stay tuned for a more detailed account of… Read More

Chasing Glaciers Update

Chasing Glaciers Update

Sep 4, 2007 September 4, 2007

A lot has happened since we first told you about the Chasing Glaciers project featuring Patagonia ambassadors Alison Gannett and Zoe Hart. Zoe injured her ankle pretty early in the trip but she healed well enough for the team to successfully make the first female ski descent of… Read More

K6, Masherbrum Mountains, Pakistan. Photo: Steve House

K6 & 7: Scouting and Starting K7

By Steve House   |   Aug 31, 2007 August 31, 2007

In this report from the Charakusa Valley, Steve House gives us an excellent description of K7’s features and explains how the team must find a way through the granite buttresses surrounding the base in order to get up on the mountain. Steve also talks about a special lunch they… Read More

K6, Masherbrum Mountains, Pakistan. Photo: Steve House

K6 & 7: The Weather Strikes Back

By Steve House   |   Aug 30, 2007 August 30, 2007

Steve House called again last night from the Charakusa Valley in Pakistan. As you know, he, Vince Anderson and Marko Prezelj have been acclimatizing for first ascents of the west faces of both K6 and K7. It was mostly high-fives and happy times until this report came in. Mother… Read More

Lynn climbs Avalon. All photos courtesy of Lynn Hill

Girls Gone Back to Italy

By Lynn Hill   |   Aug 29, 2007 August 29, 2007

The last few days with my Italian friends have been fun! Yesterday I drove them to the airport and they are probably about to land on their home turf as I write these words. One lives in Rome where I lived for a year and a half, and the… Read More

K6, Masherbrum Mountains, Pakistan. Photo: Steve House

K6 & 7: Acclimatizing on Two New Routes

By Steve House   |   Aug 27, 2007 August 27, 2007

I’ve changed the title of this series because in this week’s sat phone update Steve House clarifies that he, Vince Anderson and Marko Prezelj are actually gunning for new routes on both K6 & K7. Steve also talks about finishing up the acclimatization process, the two new routes they’ve… Read More

K6, Masherbrum Mountains, Pakistan. Photo: Steve House

K6: Travel, Weather and Acclimatizing

By Steve House   |   Aug 18, 2007 August 18, 2007

I received this voicemail late Thursday night from Steve House. The call came via sat phone from basecamp in Pakistan where Steve, Vince Anderson and Marko Prezelj are in the first stages of attempting to climb K6. In this first update, you can listen to Steve talk about traveling… Read More

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