Expedition 1987 – Karakoram, Pakistan

The interesting journey via Islamabad and Skardu with views of Nanga Parbat, mighty rivers, apricots drying, mulberries dropping off the trees and walnuts ripening, ended in a meadow of orchids for our baseline experiments in the village of Hushe, The area of mountains was west of the disputed Siachen glacier on the border of Pakistan and India.

A region of great peaks – Masherbrum (K1 7821m), K7 (6934m) and Laila peak 6096m) – and of glaciers (Gondoro and Godwin-Austen). The two main experiments were measurement of cerebral blood flow (collaborating with Prof Marcus Raichle) and sleep studies with the sedative, temazepam (collaborating with Dr Nicholson, RAF Farnborough).Other research projects included muscle strength measurements, visual evoked responses, effects of rebreathing CO2, dietary carbohydrate supplementation (Maxijul), capillary permeability and further studies on acetazolamide.

Expedition Members

  • Jo Bradwell – leader
  • Alex Wright – deputy leader
  • Peter Dykes – medical officer
  • John Simmons – quartermaster
  • R Boyce, I Chesner, J Coote, J Delamere, N Dorricott, J Evans, P Forster, Ginette Harrison, T Harvey, J Jensen, J Milles, J Potakar, M Raichle, N Richardson, D Siviter, P Smith (RAF), N Stanley (RAF) Barbara Stone (RAF), G Tsang, M Winterborn.


Highlights of Expedition
  • Cricket match BMRES X1 vs. Skardu Police X1 ( Home team victory)
  • Porters dancing in camp to accompaniment of drums and hurrahs.
  • Group ascent of Gondoro Peak (18600 ft)
  • Porters singing as ascended snowfield to top camp (17800 ft) to retrieve equipment on completion of research work
  • Descent on skis from top camp (ARB, NR, JM)
  • Trek out from Hushe to Skardu along Indus valley including crossing of river on raft made of inner tubes and inflated goat skins (dzak)
  • Bus journey from Skardu via Gilgit to Islamabad along Karakoram Highway

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