Thursday, July 28, 2005

Dispatch from above planet earth

My brother -- the interesting Warner brother -- is spending another summer in the Karakorum of Pakistan climbing some of the tallest and most forbidding peaks in the world. Here's his latest heart-stopping dispatch about the ascent of Broad Peak, an 8,047 meter warm-up to K2. My favorite description:

Believe it or not, something about spending the night crammed into a double wide coffin at 26,000 feet, with no room to wiggle and the top inches from my face, while super-cooled, oxygen depleted air poured over me from a manhole sized exit slightly above me, through which blowing snow could cover my face and slowly but surely suffocated me, made me a bit
over anxious.

Good luck, fratello!

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