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Published on Aug 17, 2010
Heidi Wirtz and Lizzy Scully traveled to Pakistan in 2006 to climb the Ogre's Thumb on the Biafo Glacier. Due to various obstacles--an accident, rock fall, choosing a terrible new route--the ladies failed in their endeavor. However, they learned a lot along the way, including what makes a good partner. Note from Lizzy: Some folks had some questions about things I left out of the video. The accident happened like this. I was building a cairn on top of a boulder that was perched on an ice pedestal on the glacier. It appeared to be stable, but was not. It rolled over. To avoid being crushed, I dove off in the opposite direction and landed on my chest. I fractured ribs & bruised other parts of my body. We attempted to climb the next day, but I couldn't breathe. After two weeks of waiting out bad weather, we again tried to climb. I actually felt better and we climbed about half way up the wall. We started on a new line that ended up being terribly dangerous. Thus, we moved to an existing line about 50 feet to the left by rapelling and traversing. We would have topped out on the wall, but then bad weather came in.