Episode 184: Off Road Adventures
Get Ready to Jump! Now in Skardu, Brian and the rest of the 2010 Broad Peak and K2 team pack up and drive the rough road to Askole. This final inhabited town is the drop-off point for the approach trek into Base Camp.
The road to Askole is rough and forbidding. It is maintained by hand and has many switchbacks that are so tight there is no room to turn a vehicle around on them. Instead, at certain points, the team must back down the steep slopes in their jeeps. To make matters even more unnerving, the sun drops quickly and a large portion of the drive must be navigated in the dark.
Well, maybe the darkness actually helps because it masks the 1000′ drops at the immediate side of the road!
Brian’s small caravan makes the journey to Askole and begins the trek towards K2.
Total Running Time: 27:26