Hi. My name is Erin. I am a designer living in New York City and a MFA student at the School of Visual Arts. Last year, my high school rowing coach – Ahsan – invited me to join a group of other American’s and Pakistani’s on a trek to the base camp of K2 (elevation: 5135m/16,843ft) in the summer of 2010. The summit of K2 reaches 8,611m and is the second highest peak in the world next to Mt. Everest. It sits at the confluence of the Godwin-Austen and Upper Baltoro Glaciers in the Karakoram range which spans the borders between Pakistan, India and China. K2 is surrounded by 10 of the 30 highest peaks in the world, which amounts to the highest concentration of peaks over five miles high on earth.

This blog will be a record of my general thoughts and musings as I get ready to go. Yes, It will be about exploration. Yes, it will be about the people I meet and the adventures we have. Yes, it will be about how I train and what I will eat and my unhealthy obsession with gear stores.

I also thought it would be a good idea to write about risk. Not just the risk of going someplace that most people consider to be “the most dangerous place on the planet” or the risks in (literally) walking a road less traveled, along the scorching banks of the Indus river and across glacier crevasses, but also about the chances you take when you decide to explore and learn about people and places that are foreign to you – what that means and how it affects you and those around you.

The world is a big place with lots of things left to discover. I am of the general assumption that you don’t need to travel around the world and climb tall mountains to know about exploration and risk. So this blog will probably write about those things too. Stay tuned.