**Updated + Pics Alard Hufner, Douard Le Roux and Robert Powell summit Trango

MCSA logoAfter being plagued by bad weather Alard Hufner, Douard Le Roux and Robert Powell summited Trango on Saturday at 7pm local time and made it safely back onto the ‘sunny’ terrace!
This was their last day in the area!

Update:  27  August:
The team are in a little town called Skardu and are trying to get onto the rare flight between Skardu and Islamabad.  The Karakoram Highway is closed due to religious/tribal violence so everyone wants to fly.  Apparently one can go on the Karakoram Highway with an army escort, but they are hoping to get onto the flight.
Luckily the team have a few days to spare till they fly out of Islamabad on the 1 September.

Update:
The team are currently stuck in the town of  Gilit where there is a local insurrection complete with a military curfew due to the local Taliban kicking off.  They are re stuck there as the road to Islamabad is closed and there is the possibility that all tourists will be flown out by a C130.   All the flights out of the area booked out so it was not possible to change their flights.

The team would like to thank the following for their fantastic support:

The Mountain Club of South Africa
Black Diamond
Columbia
Julbo

Related:  SA Team head to Trango

2012 South African Trango Expedition

Alard, Douard and Rob on the summit !!

2012 South African Trango Expedition

Hiking up the gully was hard work due to loose terrain and altitude.

2012 South African Trango Expedition

Alard on sunny terrace frying up some freeze dried potato on a jetboil, using a snow shovel as a pan.

2012 South African Trango Expedition

Shelly on Sunny terrace with the prominent triangle of K2 in the back ground. Sunny terrace is about 7 pitches up on a big shoulder. From here most of the routes start.

2012 South African Trango Expedition

Douard enjoying the view from Sunny Terrace.

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Shelly abseiling with heavy loads.

2012 South African Trango Expedition

Beautiful view from base camp overlooking a small lake.

2012 South African Trango Expedition

Basecamp nestled between a glacier and mountains. We shared base camp with some Austrian, Polish and Slovak climbing teams.

2012 South African Trango Expedition

Everyone from base camp

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Shelly, Alard, Douard and Robert departing trango Tower….. a successful expedition.

2012 South African Trango Expedition

leading one of the crux pitches on Eternal flame

2012 South African Trango Expedition

Frozen ropes….. what a pain

2012 South African Trango Expedition

Bad weather on sunny terrace

2012 South African Trango Expedition

Douard belaying rob and a great crack

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Alard Rob and Douard on hanging stance

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Rob leading on eternal Flame

 

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4 Responses to **Updated + Pics Alard Hufner, Douard Le Roux and Robert Powell summit Trango

  1. Hector Aug 20, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    Well done okes!

  2. Richard Aug 21, 2012 at 11:52 am #

    Excellent! Looking forward to a full story…

  3. Robert Powell Aug 25, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

    Justin,

    Please note that Alard, Douard and myself sumitted Trango Tower. Please could you correct.

    Thanks

    Rob

  4. Justin Aug 27, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

    The team are in a little town called Skardu and are trying to get onto the rare flight between Skardu and Islamabad. The Karakoram Highway is closed due to religious/tribal violence so everyone wants to fly.

    Apparently one can go on the Karakoram Highway with an army escort, but they are hoping to get onto the flight.

    Luckily the team have a few days to spare till they fly out of Islamabad on the 1 September.

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