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Interview with Felix Berg about Shimshal First Ascents and More, Part I

Just when it seemed that no foreign expeditions would visit Pakistan this year, SummitClimb Europe Director and guide Felix Berg showed up in Gilgit to lead a small team to the little-known peaks of the Shimshal Valley. Two weeks later, in perfect weather, the climbers notched two first ascents. Call it coincidence, but soon after their trailbreaking journey, a handful of other climbers soon showed up in the same area. Check the complete report, including climbing details, route topos and a cool image gallery here. Back home in Germany, Berg spoke to ExplorersWeb about exploring Pakistan’s mountains in Eric Shipton’s style, the impact of the pandemic on local communities, climbers and guiding companies, the forecast for 2121 and his own perception of risk. ExplorersWeb: Pakistan was actually Plan B, since your original goal was Khan Tengri. What happened? Actually, Pakistan…

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