Life in the "Death Zone": Climbing 8000 meter peaks
On the 25th July this year, Wim Smets became the first Belgian ever to reach the true summit of Broad Peak. Broad Peak is located in Pakistan next to K2 and is 8051 meters high. That makes it the 12th highest mountain in the world. It was the first time since 2004 that a Belgian reached the summit of an 8000 meter peak in Pakistan. Reaching the summit of Broad Peak also made Wim Smets one of 4 Belgians that has climbed at least three 8000-ers. The expedition on Broad Peak in July became an epic climb filled with extreme challenges, tragedy, victory and a 28-hour struggle for survival above 7000 meters.
On the 22nd September, Wim Smets will come to the Hub Brussels to give a detailed account of his trip to Broad Peak, supported by spectacular photographs. First he will talk about his previous climbs on 8000 meter peaks (Cho Oyu, Everest and K2) to explain what it is like to climb in the "Death Zone". After the break, he will tell the story of his epic climb on Broad Peak. At the end of the event, there will be an opportunity for questions over a drink.
The - English spoken - event will take place in the offices of the Hub Brussels (Rue Prince Royal 37, Brussels) and will start at 20.00.