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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Girls Ed Gets Press in Boulder Daily Camera

Writer Chris Weidner wrote an excellent article about Girls Ed last week. To read the article in full, go to the Boulder Daily Camera website.

Weidner: Climbers find cause in Pakistani village

Chris Weidner
Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Heidi Wirtz, of Boulder, and Lizzy Scully, of Lyons, traveled halfway around the world seeking adventure on unclimbed rock faces.

They didn't know that fate would instead deliver them to a remote village, where one look at a girls' schoolhouse would change the direction of their lives.

It was the summer of 2006, and their destination was Pakistan's rugged Karakoram Range, famous for such unforgiving mountains as K2, the world's second highest.

After months of planning and 10 days of travel, Wirtz and Scully finally established a base camp near the Biafo Glacier, a splinter off the massive Baltoro Glacier.

Their initial goal was to complete a new route on a seldom-climbed 2,500-foot rock spire called the Ogre's Thumb, whose lofty, snow-capped summit exceeds 18,500 feet. The excited pair got started immediately -- they schlepped 70-pound loads of gear toward its base.

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