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BASECLIMB: BASE JUMPING OFF TRANGO TOWER VIDEO [NOT A DVD]
By Dickinson, Leo
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Two climbers ascend and parachute off Trango Tower, Karakoram. 52 minutes. World record BASE jump off the Great Trango Tower in the Karakorum, Pakistan, in 1992 by Australians Glenn Singleman and Nic Feteris. Filmed by highly acclaimed adventure film maker Leo Dickinson. This film has won 21 major international film awards. Those scenes where the baddies chasing James Bond fall off a mountain top are, understandably enough, enacted by dummies.

 
'The Most Dangerous Jump in the World' from the top of a 6,237ft cliff-face - is undertaken by real people, though you might still feel justified in calling them dummies! Things don't go as they planned. They tumble out of control and accelerate to 125 miles an hour while only inches away from the vertical wall of granite.....Nic Feteris does BASE jumping for fun. After ten years of these hair raising plunges he is looking for a fresh challenge.

With his partner Glenn Singleman, who has never BASE jumped before, he decides to climb the tallest cliff in the world and then launch himself off it. The Great Trango Tower in Pakistan has a vertical drop of over 6,000 feet high and looks awesome.

The story of the months of preparation, the three-week climb and the final moment of truth makes nail-biting film, a tribute not only to the derring-do of Feteris and Singleman but of the film crew which brilliantly captures their fear and exhilaration. The film is nicely paced with a measured build-up to the aching climb up the mountain before that heart-stopping leap into space and a descent which seemed to go on forever.

Few film sequences will remain fixed in the mind quite so long as that one. BASEClimb is more than just a great film about an amazing feat, it is a warm, personal account of a truly extraordinary adventure. Presented as part of National Geographic's Voyager III Series, it has been watched by over 100 million TV viewers in eighty countries.

 
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Trango Towers

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Trango Towers

Trango Towers — Their vertical faces are the world's tallestcliffs.

Elevation 6,286 metres (20,623 ft)

First ascent 1977 by Galen Rowell, John Roskelley, Kim Schmitz and Dennis Hennek

Easiest route Northwest face: snow/ice/rock climb

The Trango Towers are a group of dramatic granite spires located on the north side of the Baltoro Glacier, in Baltistan, a district of the Northern Areas of Pakistan. They are part of the Baltoro Muztagh, a subrange of the Karakoram range. The Towers offer some of the largest cliffs and most challenging rock climbing in the world. The highest point in the group is the summit of Great Trango Tower, 6,286 m (20,608 ft). (Note: all elevations in this article are subject to significant uncertainty: it is not clear if they have ever been determined precisely, and sources vary.) The east face of the Great Trango Tower features the world's greatest nearly vertical drop.

Structure of the group

All of the Trango Towers lie on a ridge, trending northwest-southeast, between the Trango Glacier on the west and the Dunge Glacier on the east. Great Trango itself is a large massif, with four identifiable summits: Main (6,286 m), South or Southwest (circa 6,250 m), East (6,231 m), and West (6,223 m). It is a complex combination of steep snow/ice gullies, steeper rock faces, and verticalto overhanging headwalls, topped by a snowy ridge system.

Just northwest of Great Trango is the Trango Tower (6,239 m), often called 'Nameless Tower'. This is a very large, pointed, rather symmetrical spire which juts 1000m out of the ridgeline. North of Trango Tower is a smaller rock spire known as 'Trango Monk.' To the north of this feature, the ridge becomes less rocky and loses the large granite walls that distinguish the Trango Towers group and make them so attractive to climbers; however the summits do get higher. These summits are not usually considered part of the Trango Towers group, though they share the Trango name. Trango II (6,327 m) lies northwest of the Monk, and the highest summit on the ridge, Trango Ri (6,363 m), lies northwest of Trango II.

Just southeast of Great Trango (really a part of its southeast ridge) is the Trango Pulpit (6,050m), whose walls present similar climbing challenges to those of Great Trango itself. Further to the south is Trango Castle (5,753 m), the last large peak along the ridge before the Baltoro Glacier.

Climbing History

Trango (Nameless) Tower

Overall, the Trango Towers group has seen some of the most difficultand significant climbs ever accomplished, due to the combination ofaltitude, total height of the routes, and the steepness of the rock. All of the routes are highly technical climbs.

Great Trango Tower

Great Trango was first climbed in 1977 by Galen Rowell, John Roskelley, Kim Schmitz, Jim Morrissey and Dennis Hennek by a route which started from the west side (Trango Glacier), and climbed a combination of ice ramps and gullies with rock faces, finishing on the upper South Face. The east face of Great Trango was first climbed (to the East Summit) in 1984 by the Norwegians Hans Christian Doseth and Finn Dæhli, who both died on the descent. The first successful climb of and return from the East Summit was in 1992, by Xaver Bongard and John Middendorf,on a route parallel to that of the ill-fated Norwegians. These twoclimbs have been called 'perhaps the hardest big-wall climbs in theworld.'

The easiest route on Great Trango is on the Northwest Face, and was climbed in 1984 by Andy Selters and Scott Woolums. This is nonetheless a very serious, technical climb.

Trango (Nameless) Tower

Trango (Nameless) Tower was first climbed in 1976 by the legendary British climber Joe Brown, along with Mo Anthoine, Martin Boysen, and Malcolm Howells. It is now a popular ascent, albeit for the elite of the climbing community: there are at least eight separate routes to the summit.

One notable route is known as Eternal Flame (named after a Bangles album), first climbed on September 20, 1989 by Kurt Albert and Wolfgang Güllich.This route ascends the South-East Face of the Tower, and was climbed almost entirely free (in stages, using fixed ropes to return to a baseeach night). This helped inaugurate an era of pure rock-climbingtechniques and aesthetics on high-altitude peaks.

Other summits

The West summit of Great Trango and the Trango Pulpit were both first climbed in 1999. The West summit was climbed by two separate teams, one American and one Russian, almost simultaneously, by parallel routes. The American team of Alex Lowe, Jared Ogden, and Mark Synnott climbed a long, bold, highly technical line which they called 'Parallel Worlds.' They reported diffculties up to 5.11 and A4. The Russian team of Potan'kin Igor, Alexandr Odintsov, Ivan Samoilenko and Yuri Koshelenko climbed an equally proud route (Eclissi) and encountered similar technical challenges. Both climbs were nominated for the prestigious Piolet d'or award in 1999. The Pulpit was climbed by a Norwegian team (Robert Caspersen, Gunnar Karlsen, Per L. Skjerven and Einar Wold) over a total of 38 days on the wall. The team reported of difficulties up to A4/5.11.

BASE Jump

On August 26, 1992, Australians Nic Feteris and Glenn Singleman climbed Great Trango and then BASE jumped from 5,955 metres (19,537 ft) on the Northwest Face, landing on the northern side of the Dunge Glacier at an altitude of 4,200 metres (13,779 ft). This was the highest starting elevation for a BASE jump on record. The current Guinness World Record for a BASE jump starting elevation is held by Singleman himself and partner Heather Swan for a jump from 6604 meters (21,667ft) from Meru Peak in northern India on 23 May 2006.

Recent ascents

Some of the more recent ascents on Great Trango have focused on the longer routes found on the west and south sides. In particular, in 2004 Josh Wharton and Kelly Cordes completed a new, very long (2,256metre 7,400 ft) route on the Southwest Ridge, or Azeem Ridge,to the Southwest Summit. Though not as extremely technical as the East Face routes, the climb was notable for the extremely lightweight and fast (5 days) style in which it was done.

Over 7 days in August 2005, two Slovak climbers, Gabo Cmarik and Jozef Kopold, climbed a new route, which they termed Assalam Alaikum, to the right of the Wharton/Cordes line on the south face of Great Trango. The climb comprised around 90 pitches, up to 5.11d A2. They used a lightweight style similar to that of Wharton and Cordes.

In the same month, Samuel Johnson, Jonathon Clearwater and Jeremy Frimer made the first ascent of the southwest ridge of Trango II, which they termed Severance Ridge. The route involved 1,600 m of climbing over five days, with rock climbing up to 5.11 A2 and ice and mixed climbing up to AI3 M5.

Also in August 2005, a South African team, composed of Peter Lazarus, Marianne Pretorius, James Pitman and Andreas Kiefer, climbed to the summit via the Slovenian route. Pretorius was the third woman to reach the summit.

 

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