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633 South Broadway St. Unit A, Boulder, Colorado 80305
Latok 1, The Holy Grail of Alpinism:
Thirty eight years after our near miss and ultimate survival on Latok 1… George Lowe, friend Thom Englebach, and I accompanied famed alpinist Thomas Huber and his crack German team in August 2016 to the crucible of modern alpinism....the Latok/Ogre cirque. Three peaks Latok 1, Ogre 2 and the Ogre lie shoulder to shoulder and present, arguably, the world's most difficult summits to reach. More than fifty world class climbing teams have tackled these peaks northern aspects from the Choctoi Glacier with only one success....Hayden Kennedy and Kyle Dempster's route on the Ogre.
In 1978 George and Jeff Lowe, Michael Kennedy and I set forth on the virgin North Ridge of Latok 1 with 16 days of food and high hopes. 26 days later hampered by the unrelenting difficulties, two major storms, and Jeff Lowe's illness, we again reached the Choctoi Glacier (barely) having turned back a mere 100 vertical metres or so from the summit. Our climb had been an epic tale of a near miss and ultimate survival.
In the ensuing 38 years at least 28 teams of world class climbers have tried to finish the job and none have gotten closer than 2,000 vertcal feet below our high point.
What to think....is some evil mountain goddess casting a spell? Would Thomas Huber unlock Latok's secrets? George and I went back to Latok with Thomas to find some answers.
The show will be about our climb in 1978 and about our return 38 years later. Come and see the most magnificent mountain cirque on the planet and learn why it has been a black hole for climber's hopes.
The siren’s call is drawing me back this August, forty years after the most memorable chapter in my half century of exploring the alpine world.
— Happy Hour 6-7 pm! $10 suggested donation.
The event will benefit:
The Balti Children’s Education Fund. They provide room in board in Skardu for bright but poor children from remote villages who come to Skardu to further their education. In 2016 I visited both the boy’s and girl’s dorms and was very impressed. Both Alex and Thomas Huber are active in the charity.