Samina Baig, Pakistani mountaineer – by Sarai Martin

Something moves in Pakistan for the rights of women and their role in society. At least that is apparent from several initiatives going in the direction of giving more prominence to women in that country. In the world of the mountain are also several projects in that sense, like the Women’s Climbing Team (EFA) held last year in the valley of Hushe. But also from the country itself figures have emerged claiming the role for women in the mountains, like that of Samina Baig, a Pakistani girl of 20 years and three Six Thousand Metre Peaks has escalated in the past year.
His last expedition, entitled Gender Equality Expedition and developed under the umbrella of the Pakistan Youth Outreach organization, targeting a virgin and unnamed peak in the remote area of ​​Shimshal. Although the primary motivation, according to the website of this institution, went further and was “to inspire all women of Pakistan and the world to be active participants in all fields of society.” Samina Baig herself commented that “my intention is to encourage more women to participate, to give this issue a message of confidence to women everywhere, because if a girl is able to climb a mountain, you can do anything.”
This issue of gender equality set out on June 19, led by the brother of Samina Baig, Mirza Ali, and it also formed part Arshad Karim fellow Pakistani, Polish and German Skowronska Malgorzata Christoph Nettekoven (photographer) and Jens Franke. After trekking for two-day approach in which exceeded Boisum Pass (5090 m), the expedition arrived in the area of ​​Perchod Washk, where they set up base camp. On June 23, set up a high camp at 5,200 meters, which helped them to acclimate for two days.
On June 25th the attack began at the summit. The Mountaineers advanced to the high camp, where retired early to rest. The next day, after a good breakfast at 2:30 am, got ready to climb the snowy slopes this in two cordate: Mirza Ali, Samina Baig and Malgorzata Skowronska in one, and Christoph Nettekoven, Jens Franke and Arshad Karim in the other. Reached the base of the mountain at 4 am and were faced with a firm snow in the first part of the edge. Later, they found a steep terrain, where the snow gave way to ice. With the arrival of the sun, climbers met again with the snow, as they gained height was losing consistency. After the fall of Nettekoven inconsequential to a deep crack, the team reached the final and most dangerous obstacle to the entire climb, the formations of seracs and cornice at the top. Mirza Ali was asked to climb that section, using ice screws to attach rope to your expedition mates and using their ice axes to open footprint in crashes. All team members rose to the perilous summit and enjoyed stunning views of all mountains in the area, with K2 as a backdrop.
The soft snow caused several scares during the descent, not only because of the difficulty of moving even sunk to the waist, but also by the number had fallen to cracks along the way. Finally, however, reached the height field without incident and all safe and sound. Once at base camp, the expedition decided to christen the mountain climbing with the local name Kohi Brobar (Monte Equality), for which they registered a height of 6,008 m, according to their GPS measurements. It also gave the name to the main elements of the mountain and the open road, called Route Malgosia.


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  1. welldone sis! your an exceptional example of courage and valour. keep it up!

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