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Asia, Himalayas, Pakistan, Nanga Parbat

Nanga Parbat. Probably the most talked about mountaineering expedition this past summer was the German attempt on Nanga Parbat, which ended so disastrously. The news last June, informing us that practically the entire party had been wiped out by an avalanche was unbelievable. At Camp IV, in the early morning of June 15th. shortly after midnight seven of the nine German members, and nine Sherpa porters were overwhelmed by an immense avalanche which descended from the hanging glacier on Rakhiot Peak. It swept three-quarters of a mile across the level terrasse, on which the camp was situated, and buried the tents under many feet of ice and hard-packed snow. The campsite was not the same as previously used which had always been looked upon as one of the safest on the mountain. Three members of the Himalayan Foundation were sent out immediately from Germany by air, under the leadership of Paul Bauer. They recovered the bodies of five of the Europeans, which they buried nearby. Diaries and scientific data were also recovered.