15th January 2017
OLIVER FORSTER wins 2015 Spirit of Adventure Award
The Karakoram Anomaly
is one of the great current mysteries of glaciology. It describes the observation of growing and apparently healthy glaciers in direct contrast to shrinking glaciers almost everywhere else in the world.
A team of five will enter the Karakoram mountain range in Pakistan to climb mountains and carry out scientific research in the glacial region. The reason for this research is the potential danger being built up by these glaciers and their ability to form glacial lake outburst floods.
The potential for an outburst of flooding from glacial melt could have devastating effects to communities in the region ( a tsunami washing out entire mountain villages). Field work and findings will be shared with the communities at workshops prior to leaving and follow up papers will ensue with the authorities. They will also attempt the first Alpine style ascent of a mountain called Yukshin Gardan Shar (7,530 metres)
The adjudication panel was impressed with the nature of this expedition as it best illustrated a combination of science with adventure.
Oliver Forster will be at the Annual Farewell Dinner to receive the award.