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Heli-skiers glide down the world's highest mountain range

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 - 01:27

April 11 - Eleven international heli-skiers take on a virginal mountain range in northern Pakistan, an area where no one has ever skied before. Elly Park reports.

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A military helicopter takes a team of 11 daredevils to Karakoram in Pakistan, the highest mountain range in the world. It includes K2, the second highest peak on Earth soaring 8,611 meters or more than 28,000 feet above sea level. Carving their way through the pristine snow, the heli-skiers make history as the first humans ever to glide down these peaks. Among them is Samyra Rashid the first Pakistani as well as the first woman to ski in the range. SOUNDBITE: PAKISTANI SKIER, SAMYRA RASHID, SAYING (English) "Its been the most amazing opportunity in the world to come here and ski in the Karakoram mountain range. We have brought skiers from all over the world, from Russia, from Serbia, from Canada, from Switzerland, and they have skied everywhere in the world you can imagine." But all those places pale in comparison, says Swiss skier Yann Bergest. SOUNDBITE: SWISS SKIER, YANN BERGEST, SAYING (English) "Skiing among some of the highest peaks in the world has been just incredible. For me, as a Swiss guy , I've skied all over the world , but Pakistan is really the highlight of my skiing life." The 500 kilometer, or 311 mile long Karakoram Range is the most heavily glaciated part of the world outside of the Polar regions and is home the highest concentration of peaks over 8000 meters on Earth.

Heli-skiers glide down the world's highest mountain range

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 - 01:27

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