| Friends of the Northern Kashmir, Hello
Seventy years ago,
Eric Shipton start his far and long walk towards the most remote terra
incognita in the Northern part of Kashmir !
In 1937, Eric Shipton began building Northern Kashmir's cartography
in the high Karakoram. His work completed, this area of extremes kept
its mysteries for 70 long years. In his book " Blank on the Map
", Shipton came to conclusions in regards to the long surveys led
by pioneers concerning the incredible migration of tribes that lived
at the two opposite parts of this wide range. These hardy travellers
were taking glacial routes of over 100 kilometers long, passing over
high passes nearly 6000 meters high that to this day remain rarely traversed.
In September 2006, French photographer Matthieu Paley and myself decided
to look further into this forgotten past. This long investigation carried
us from the Royal Library of London to the limits of the Karakoram.
You can find a written account of this adventure in the July issue of
Trek Magazine (only in French, sorry
, the video film coming soon
scientists & authors in Barcelonnette!
Association Les Colporteurs de Paysages (Hawkers of Landscapes) is
organizing conferences that are always much appreciated. Make sure
to come to Barcelonnette on Thursday 2nd August for a big conference
about the old glaciated routes in Karakorum (the program
region was so far only partly described in this website. It is finally
Batura: more than a mountain, a range, a wall of rock and ice hanging
over 7500m, it is so complex, with a multitude of summits, rarely
attempted, even more rarely summited... Maybe nowhere else is the
earth's surface so tormented. It is also here that the Karakoram still
holds its unclimbed jewels such as the Batura II, highest unclimbed
summit on earth - a region which will stay unexpolored unless we decide
to step up on it or at least behold it in our eyes!.. Wait! : before
packing up your expedition bags, come and have a look
on the new Batura page of Blankonthemap!
Last discoveries on the Web!
: a Web site still in construction, with an admirable aesthetic and
already quite complete. Let us wish him long life!
: The complete site of the Alpine Club of Pakistan. Lots of useful
informations before flying away towards the high summits of Northern
: ExplorerWeb for Solodarité Cachemire, 135000 euros collecting
for an effective help, bravo to French mountaineers!
: Expedition full of originality without big noises. No news at the
moment, to follow on K2Climb (ExplorerWeb).
: The big Russian artillery for a rise which promises to be difficult
like always on the most beautiful mountain of the world.
: If you are music lover and in love with the Indian sub-continent,
have a look to Badila Web Site. You will discover a group strongly
inspired and will be able to listen
a brilliant music.
The Web has no limits and borders
those of you
who think the organization of the next Olympics game in China is dealt
without elementary humans right and in the general indifference for
Tibetans people suffering, here is a logo to put on your web page
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