Tom Livingstone recounts an eventful trip to Pakistan this autumn, where he and Ally Swinton made a first ascent on the unclimbed North-west face of Koyo Zom. WARNING: This article contains images of injuries which some squeamish readers might find difficult to look at!
I looked around at the endless space again. We had been cast adrift. Abandoned, surrounded by nothing; no snow to melt, no worrying storm clouds. The last 28 hours were spent spooning Ally as the blood on his head dried, and I could still smell it on my clothes. Now, we floated in a sea of empty restaurant tables. I thought back to where it all began.
FYI, "The Great Game" is also the name of a Paul Pritchard route in Kyrgyzstan's Ak Su valley, named for the same reason I believe. It's also an impressive route, being something like 1100m of granite with an E5 6b crux.
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