In a town like Skardu, a good barber shop--not a hair salon, mind you--is one of the best ways to get the true vibe of a place. You’re stuck at the barber’s Rado replica watches mercy for a good half hour, and if the guy is worth his hair tonic then there’s bound to be some good conversation and lively comments from the folks filling the waiting seats. In fact, as in choosing a diner based on the number of trucks parked out front, you want to select a barber by the quality and quantity of the back benchers.It wasn’t long before talk turned to the local economy and how Skardu, with its heavy reliance on tourism, had been taking a beating as of late.
Peak permits were far below normal, and on the streets of Skardu we only saw two other westerners. The crew in the barber shop were A Lange & Sohne replica watches quick to blame the media for exaggerating the terrorist threat and for not explaining that the few incidents that had occurred were mostly down south or in the North West Frontier, far removed from the newly formed Gilgit Skardu Territory. There was no hesitation in telling us how much they dislike the Taliban and the U.S. government all in the same breath, quickly followed by how much they like the American people. It was then that I had one of those revelations about how small our planet really is. To realize that these people in a remote village in northern Pakistan--people who, according to a lot of American media reports want nothing more than to kill us because of our differences--could, in actuality, have some of the same ideas as a lot of people I know back in the States.I must say, that was one of the best haircuts Ive ever had--and it only cost $1.25 (100 rupees).--Trey CookFor more photos of K2, check out climber Fabrizio Zangrillis gallery.
Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me. Not sure how much of a fiesta we’re going to be able to drum up in this town, but my birthday Technomarine replica watches wishes are all in place and I’m super stoked to be here.A few days ago we flew into Islamabad at the ungodly hour of 4:00 in the morning. We owe a huge thanks to the ever-hospitable Mohammed Ali of Karakorum Magic Mountain (KMM) for meeting us at the airport with a big smile and a hearty welcome despite the ungodly hour.KMM is the group that has organized the porters who will accompany us to base camp with all the food, our climbing permit, and all the gear and fuel that will keep us fat and happy for the next two months. Fat and happy are perhaps not the most precise terms to use considering we’ll be parked up at 5,000 meters on the Baltoro glacier for the next two months, but we’re going to stay positive until one of us pukes. Literally.