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Mountaineering Beginner Looking for Partners and/or Advice

Postby paraza » Sun Dec 11, 2016 4:30 am

TL;DR Version: I have some backpacking experience and I am interested in getting into mountaineering. In near future, I would like to explore the glaciers and not so high peaks in Northern Pakistan (where I was born) – primarily in the same area as five of the world’s fourteen 8,000m peaks. I am here to look for mountaineering partner(s) who are either beginners or wouldn’t mind showing the ropes (pun intended) to a beginner.

I have been backpacking off and on, in Colorado, Oregon, and California, for the last six years. For the last year or so, I have been exploring the Sierras – mainly on land (backpacking) and some in the air (paragliding and powered paragliding). Recently, I had a chance to go back to Pakistan after a long time and I ventured as far as Skardu and Hushe (popular starting point for K-2, Gasherbrum I & II, Broad Peak, etc. expeditions). My visit made me realize that there is a whole avenue of nature exploration that I have been missing and I would love to develop the necessary skills to go explore more. Having said that, I do not find the whole idea of organized, large scale expeditions as attractive as venturing out with a trusted partner (or two). That’s what brings me here … I would like to find:
1) A beginner like me who may be interested in exploring domestically (US) to train and practice, and progressively work our way up, or
2) An experienced partner who is patient enough to let a beginner join them.

This may be a little unorthodox for most people, but if you have ever thought about going to Pakistan, I will be more than happy to be a ‘culture guide’ and help take care of the logistics ourselves instead of going through the overly commercialized expeditionism.

If you don't fit either category but can provide guidance, I will welcome any advice and suggestions.

Thanks
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Re: Mountaineering Beginner Looking for Partners and/or Advi

Postby Yank-Tank » Sun Dec 11, 2016 5:58 am

Oh yip. Go over to the mountainproject.com and ask in the partners wanted section in your area. I would train you but I live in New Zealand.
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Re: Mountaineering Beginner Looking for Partners and/or Advi

Postby paraza » Sun Dec 11, 2016 6:22 am

Roger wilco! Thank you!
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Re: Mountaineering Beginner Looking for Partners and/or Advi

Postby Sunny Buns » Tue Dec 13, 2016 8:09 pm

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Re: Mountaineering Beginner Looking for Partners and/or Advi

Postby paraza » Tue Dec 13, 2016 8:18 pm

Sunny Buns wrote:Step 1, read this book:
https://www.amazon.com/Mountaineering-F ... +the+hills



I have the book and I have been reading it. :) I think I'm about ready to jump into the real world.
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Re: Mountaineering Beginner Looking for Partners and/or Advi

Postby Sunny Buns » Fri Dec 16, 2016 10:25 am

Good. Keep reading. Fill your brain with all the info you can before you go out into the cold, cruel world. ;)
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Re: Mountaineering Beginner Looking for Partners and/or Advi

Postby lcarreau » Sat Dec 17, 2016 1:10 am

Sunny Buns speaks the truth.

Another good book is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Into_Thin_Air ... actually I liked the book better than the movie.
"Phobos and Deimos went to Mars, and that's the last time I saw those two dudes."
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Re: Mountaineering Beginner Looking for Partners and/or Advi

Postby Yank-Tank » Sat Dec 17, 2016 8:17 am

Oh and then read Eric Shiptons Blank on a map and put your self well and truly asleep.

https://www.amazon.com/Blank-map-Eric-E ... B00085W1KO
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