Location: Ishkoman Valley, Western Karakoram, Pakistan.

Date: August 2000

Team: Walter Keller and Amy Rice.

Objective: Exploring unclimbed peaks in an area not previously visited by any documented party.

Achievements: First ascent of Nico Sar (c5800m).

Sponsors: Sierra Designs; Black Diamond; Gregory Backpacks

Amy on the walk in to base camp.

Base camp.

First view of Nico Sar.

Walter enjoying some steep ice.

In the sun at advance base camp.

Climbing towards Desperation Col.

The haven of camp 2.

Which offered fine weather...

And fantastic views.

Climbing the north face.

Walter on the summit.

The route, with advance base camp and camps 1 and 2 shown.

More pictures of the expedition can be found here at Walter's own climbing website.

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