Atunas Outdoor & Sports Foundation sponsors Broad Peak Karakoram expedition
By Chi-hao James Lo ,The China Post
August 18, 2014, 12:02 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Famous Taiwanese mountaineers Huang Wen-chen (黃文辰), Lu Chung-han (呂忠翰) and Chang Yuan-chih (張元植) conquered the infamous Broad Peak of the Karakoram Mountain Range between Pakistan, India and China on July 24, marking the first time a Taiwanese team has successfully reached the top of Broad Peak.
The team was sponsored by the Atunas Outdoor & Sports Foundation, which has been avidly supporting local mountaineers on climbs since 1992.
The foundation also initiated the "8000 Meters Climb Project" in 2010, which implored local mountaineers to conquer all 14 of the world's peaks higher than 8 kilometers above sea level. The team had initially attempted Broad Peak in 2011 and 2012, but had failed to reach the peak both times. After a month of hard climbing, the team managed to wave the Taiwanese flag on the peak for the first time on their third attempt.
During a press event on Aug. 13, Sun Own Industrial Co. Ltd. and Atunas Chairman Chen Kun (程鯤) stated that the triumph is a new milestone for the nation.
The trip was reportedly a special one for Huang, who said that he ran into the Korean mountaineer who saved him during his decent from Gasherbrum II last year. Huang said that the Korean mountaineer's team gave up on conquering the same mountain to rescue Huang who had fallen 250 meters during his decent, during which he lost his left little finger. Huang also stated that the best present he received upon his return from Broad Peak was meeting his baby daughter for the first time.