‘I love Pakistan’s people more than its mountains’

By APP
Published: August 16, 2017
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Vanessa O’Brien talks to the media. PHOTO: APP

Vanessa O’Brien talks to the media. PHOTO: APP

ISLAMABAD: American-British mountaineer, Vanessa O’Brien, who recently scaled K2, said on Tuesday that the warmth and love she received in Pakistan was matchless.

“I love Pakistan’s people more than its mountains,” she said.

O’Brien told media in a news conference at a local hotel here that she had found Pakistani people loving and caring. “I love Pakistan, its people and will like to travel it again,” the 52-year old, who carried flags of both the US and Pakistan atop the mountain said.

She said she would prefer to do something for Pakistan and its youth. She said there were so many opportunities in Pakistan, adding it needed support in various sectors and she would like to do something for this country.

British-American woman conquers K2, hoists Pakistan’s flag

O’Brien, who had already ascended Mount Everest and other top peaks around the globe said technically K2 was more difficult peak than Everest. “Less than 400 people have climbed K2 and for every five that summit it, one dies. This compares to Everest where 7,600 people have scaled that mountain.

“As far as women, who have climbed K2, I’m officially the 20th, just a speck compared to Everest’s 489 women,” she said. Vanessa’s K2 team was comprised of climbers from China, Norway, Scotland, Pakistan and Nepal. She appreciated her team members saying, “I’m extremely proud of this team for their dedication, perseverance, bravery and commitment to reach the summit of K2 and to take additional risk.”

Published in The Express Tribune, August 16th, 2017.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • tepu
    Aug 16, 2017 - 11:33AM

    We love you too!Recommend

  • Munir
    Aug 16, 2017 - 12:34PM

    Amazing feat! Congratulations! Definitely a much much more challenging climb than Everest. I wish I can make it to camp 4 someday. Recommend

  • Jawad
    Aug 16, 2017 - 2:23PM

    @Mohammad Mohammad ……Beside K2 Pakistan is home to world’s top 20 mountains. It’s not always about K2 or Mount. Everest.Recommend

  • Ali Syed
    Aug 16, 2017 - 6:23PM

    52…i thought she was 25..Recommend

  • MAHAKAALCHAKRA
    Aug 16, 2017 - 8:02PM

    She is now 52; had she been to Pakistan when she was 22, her experience would have been totally different.Recommend

  • Jay
    Aug 16, 2017 - 9:22PM

    @MAHAKAALCHAKRA:
    Pakistan’s not Goa or Mumbai, you know. And you really had to bring that up.Recommend

  • sardar haider ali
    Aug 17, 2017 - 5:53AM

    what ever she came to pakistan the thing is she love pakistani people more then “k2”
    that is the good thing about us Recommend

  • mahakaalchakra
    Aug 17, 2017 - 9:41AM

    @Jay: If you know the population of Mumbai and Goa and then compute the rate of crime against women per person of the population, you will find, crime rate is comparable if not worse in India. Beside, Indian women and girls are many times more outgoing, advanced and active outside their homes round the clock in these two areas without wearing a burka or Hijab. In India, there is an awareness to report all crimes against the women and especially girls which is yet to reach Pakistan.

    However I must admit that Pakistanis tend to be good host to foreigners to dent the general reputation in the West and its 130 million neighbors on both sides of its border that Pakistan deep state is involved in cross border terrorism. There must be a valid reason for all foreigners that no foreign cricket team of repute (other than one lower ranked African team) has visited Pakistan to play cricket in Pakistan in the last 10 years or so.Recommend

  • LOL
    Aug 17, 2017 - 10:51AM

    @MAHAKAALCHAKRA:
    thanks for proving u hate us so much, u cant even hear someone else say something nice about Pakistanis. It proves our forefathers took the best decision to demand a separate homeland for Muslims. cant imagine the hate we would have received living with you.Recommend

  • logical
    Aug 17, 2017 - 10:52AM

    @MAHAKAALCHAKRA:
    fancy some burnol…Recommend

  • AlphaBravoCharlie
    Aug 17, 2017 - 11:39AM

    Did she really climb or paid a sherpa to click a few pics? recently there was an article on ET where it said many dont even go to the foot of the mountain and yet claim to scale the peak. As the only authenticating body is the sherpas a nice photograph is the only evidence. A couple was caught in the act reported in the same article.

    Also why does it make a headline when a chitti suwwar ki chamri says “they love pakistanis”
    why are we still influenced by these gora chitti suwwar ki chamris that it HAD to be on the main page of our national newspaper?Recommend

  • Shah
    Aug 17, 2017 - 12:01PM

    @MAHAKAALCHAKRA: She Is Talking About Pakistan Not India LOLRecommend

  • Imran
    Aug 17, 2017 - 2:21PM

    @Jay:
    Yes Pakistan is not Mumbai or Goa or any other Indian place for that matter. Otherwise she would’ve been thrown off a bus after being gang-raped.
    Thank God we’re not Rapeublic of India.Recommend

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