As Stuart and the rest of the Madison Mountaineering team received their gear, the climbers and porters have been getting ready to drive to the final town, Askole, on the trail to K2 Base Camp. Stuart is in high spirits and is excited to start hiking up the valley. There are several photos below describing the last few days in Skardu, where they have been preparing. In the “Links” page, there is a YouTube video touring the K2 Hotel, pictured below.
Below is a few photos of the drive from Skardu to Askole. Stuart described the drive as a narrow goat trail with drop offs on either side, leading to raging rivers. He said the drivers of Range Rover’s “drove like maniacs with their crazy local music blaring.” There were about 15 vehicles in tow, carrying supplies and dozens of people.
Stuart arrived at Askole quite shaken up, but safe. After spending a day in Askole, the team will abandon the vehicles to start their trek into the base of K2.