Local climbers to offer slide show Wednesday on trip to Peru, Pakistan
Two local mountain climbers want to share their own vertical limits Wednesday.
Todd Offenbacher of Resort Sports Network and Nils Davis of Sports Ltd. are putting on a slide show at Davis’ store at the “Y” that captures the essence of their expeditions in Peru and Pakistan this past year.
The show, choreographed with a disc jockey, is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Sports Ltd., 1032 Emerald Bay Road.
“I’m excited about the show. I’ve been telling all my friends about it since we got back,” Offenbacher said, referring to how many times he’s had to repeat himself. “It would be nice to get everybody together.”
The store is planning on a capacity crowd, with about 50 fold-up chairs waiting on belay.
There’s one person Offenbacher won’t expect to see – his mother.
“My mom, my climbing just freaks her out,” he said of the Ocean City, Md. woman. “She cried when I left.”
The duo climbed a 3,000-foot granite wall in Peru up to an 18,000-foot summit that by the time they were through required 25 pitches – climbing-rope lengths.
Snow melted on the wall, sending about three gallons a second pouring down the sheer vertical world they lived on for a week.
Offenbacher describes the airport experience as one of a soldier going off to war. When the two went to Pakistan in August, the transportation arrangements seemed as challenging as the climbs.
They spent a whirlwind 22 hours in transit – 14 hours on a bus for two consecutive days, four hours via jeep before a long hike into the remote Hushe Valley. With the help of porters, Offenbacher and Davis carried about 400 pounds of gear into base camp with the intention of climbing four rock spires, one of which they summited at 17,800 feet in one day.
They named the unexplored tower “Ibraham,” after their cook.
The conditions were treacherous. Major landslides destroyed two bridges and decimated two-thirds of the Kande Village.
Offenbacher had a slide of his own, falling 20 feet before his extra protection – clips in the wall – held him from taking a more serious plunge.
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