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  Nuno Caetano: GASHERBRUM II 2004 - PAKISTAN Get to know Nuno Caetano!

Photo caption: Kim Van Hove and Nuno Caetano on Mount Blanc

Get to know Nuno Caetano!

As a child growing up in Funchal, the capital of Madeira Island, Portugal, Nuno Caetano was far away from the world's tallest mountains. But the moderate mountains there gave him a chance to develop a certain skill, and taste, for climbing. After 18 years, he moved to Braga in Northern Portugal to attend university, with a focus in Business Management. And from there he also pursued his love of mountaineering.

After a trip to the Gredos range in Spain, his passion was fully awakened. He went on expeditions to the Atlas and Pyrenees ranges. There was no question in Nuno's mind he wanted to climb more; the only problem was that he had no way to finance any of it. So he did what any resourceful person would do with a passion for climbing. He got a job with an adventure company, one that operated in the Geres mountain range of Portugal. He also continued with his education. Then, in January of 2003, Nuno was finished with his education and licensing at the university and faced with starting a career. He had to make a choice.

Of course, Nuno's passion for the mountains won out. And now he resides in Chamonix, France, at the foot of Mont Blanc. Living in Chamonix allows him to be in constant contact with the mountains and mountaineering -- and to stay in great physical shape. Nuno says that his training regime somewhat depends on the nature of his upcoming mountaineering expedition, but the best way to prepare is to put on a pack and head towards the mountains... He also works 5 days a week in a sporting goods store, so training time is at a premium. But as he puts it, the expedition is, in essence, his "primordial objective." His lifestyle allows him to travel and to meet various people -- all things he relishes -- and Nuno admits he's living a dream life. He says, "I adore mountains, I adore travel, I am happy!"

In July and August, the 26 year old mountaineer is climbing Gasherbrum II in Pakistan. This will be his first climb above 8000m.

Boa sorte, Nuno! Good Luck!


Nuno's Climbing History 

2004 - First ascent of 8000m peak: Gasherbrum II, in Pakistan


2003 - First Himalayan expedition to Tilicho Peak. Forced to abandon at 6500m due to avalanches.

2003 - First summit of Mont Blanc

2002 - First summit of Pico Aneto, highest mountain in the Pyrenees

1989 - First summit of Pico Ruivo, highest mountain on Madeira Island

("Island of the Woods")

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Follow along as we follow Nuno Caetano on G2:

GASHERBRUM II 2004 Pakistan

French-Portuguese Expedition

OVERVIEW: This expedition consists of Nuno Caetano, from Portugal, and 10 more climbers and scientists from France. Their mission is to summit Gasherbrum II (8035m/26,260ft) as well as to conduct an original scientific experiment involving the effects of environmental pollutants on the ozone layer, by taking various ice samples from Baltoro glacier. (Glaciers trap air bubbles, and scientists can determine atmospheric compositions from glacial ice samples, not unlike the research done in polar regions.) The team plans on arriving in Islamabad at the beginning of July and returning from their expedition at the end of August.


1. Nuno Caetano, 26, Madeira, Portugal.

2. Jean Louis Manesse, 29, Chalon sur Saone, France.

3. Nicolas Sieger, 35, La Rochelle, France.

4. Frederic Heymes, 28, Vizinobres, France.

5. Thierry Segonne, 29, Megeve, France.

6. Mathias Mougenot, 28, Epinal, France.

7. Pierre Feuillet, 56, Herault, France.

8. Bruno Decoret , 57, Lyons, France.

9. Rigis Vanhasbrouck, 48, Nevers, France.

10. Claire David. 32, Paris, France.

11. Claudie Decoret, 56, Lyons, France.

Expedition to Pakistan July-August 2004
On line from the Expedition

Saturday, 10 July 2004: I just received word from Jean-Louis and Nuno:

All goes well in Islamabad! 50 porters already left yesterday (Friday, 9 July) and the alpinists will leave tomorrow (Monday, 11 July) for Skardu. It will take them two days by Jeep along the famous Karakoram highway, which goes along the Indus River, before arriving at K2 Motel where all the expeditions meet again. Sophie.

History of the Gasherbrum II

1889-1929 The international expedition headed by the Swiss G.O. Dyhrenfurth studies possible ways to the top of the Gasherbrum II and gets to 6250 meters on the south flank. 

1956: First ascent via the southwest spur by an Austrian expedition headed by F. Moravec. Fritz Moravec along with Josef Larch and Hans Willenpart starts from a bivouac at 7700 meters via the east spur to the summit on 7th. 

July 1975: Second ascent by a French group, 19 years after the first ascent. During this expedition, the first victim at the Gasherbrum has to be lamented. In this year, three expeditions get to the summit, among others a Polish women team headed by W. Rutkiewicz. 

1979: A Chilean and a German expedition succeeded in the 6th and 7th ascent. 

1982: R. Messner Summits with two Pakistanis.

1984: During the legendary double ascent of two 8000 peaks, Messner and H. Kammerlander get to the summit of Gasherbrum II and afterwards Hidden Peak. Counting and registration is more complicated during the following years because some illegal teams got to the summit. Both peaks belong to the less frequently climbed 8000 peaks. Per year, only 2 to 3 permits are given.

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