EXPED ambassador, Graham Zimmerman, and his partner Ian Welsted, have established basecamp for their attempt on the west ridge of K2. But before setting foot on K2, they have been acclimatizing on nearby Broad Peak; climbing up to sleep, do the uphill athlete thing and hang out as high as 7,000 meters. 

For this trip, EXPED built a high altitude tent to Graham's specifications. Called the Infinity, it's a single-wall, ultralight climbing tent designed to weather the worst storms while fitting onto small ledges and platforms. Just the right thing for the west ridge.

EXPED ambassador, Graham Zimmerman, has emerged, over the past decade, as one of the finest alpinists in the world. He has made many first ascents in the great mountain ranges of the world and won the highest praise from the mountaineering community. In 2020, he received the gold medal of alpinism, the coveted Piolet d’Or, for his team's 2019 first ascent of the southeast face of Link Sar (7041m) in the Pakistani Karakoram. All of his climbs are done in the cleanest style and with small teams. So with each passing year, we wonder what GZ’s next objective will be.

Our friend, Graham, has been working with Protect Our Winters (POW) as an advocate for climate change awareness. An Imperfect Advocate is a film about his journey as an athlete-turned-activist. 

 

[from the expedition's press release dated August 15, 2019] From July 31st to August 8th, 2019 Graham Zimmerman, Steve Swenson, Chris Wright and Mark Richey made the first ascent of Link Sar (7041m) in the Central Pakistani Karakoram via its 3400m Southeast Face. 

 

 

What happens to a couple when the go on expedition together? Love!

Graham Zimmerman was interviewed recently by The Created Life podcast and his comments reveal his typical humility, philosophical approach to life and his deep well of postitive energy. 

 

Here's excerpt #3 from our conversation with alpinist and Exped ambassador Graham Zimmerman. Graham is a friend of ours who just happens to be one of the world's great alpinists. He's always full of interesting insights. 

 

We talked with our friend, big mountain alpinist and Exped ambassador Graham Zimmerman about the loss of the great climber Ueli Steck. 

 

The Firn Line is a podcast about the lives of mountain climbers. Recently, host Evan Phillips sat down with Exped ambassador and big mountain alpinist Graham Zimmmerman to talk about GZ's climbs in Alaska. 

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