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ARTICLE: The Great Game - First Ascents in Pakistan

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 UKC Articles 03 Dec 2019

The team with Koyo Zom in the background.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.


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Flippin heck, harrowing! Glad Ally is ok

 john arran 03 Dec 2019
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Good stuff and glad all are ok.

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.

 Ged Desforges 03 Dec 2019

What a great article about an amazing sounding trip (apart from the last bit), thanks for posting it 

 RM199 03 Dec 2019
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Really well written. Sounds like an epic trip. Glad he’s ok


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