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Asia, Pakistan, Minapin

Minapin. The German Karakoram Expedition 1959, composed of Hans Jochen Schneider, leader, Gerhard Klammert, Hans Baumert, Rudolf Bardolej, Dr. Hermann Berger, Fritz Lobbichler, Erwin Stocker, Dr. Gottfried Neureuther and Willi Bogner, had hoped to carry out an extensive glaciological-geophysical program in the Batura region. When permission was refused, they turned their efforts south of the Hunza valley into the Rakaposhi-Minapin area. On June 9 Erwin Stocker and a porter reached an 18,000-foot col north of Minapin (23,861 feet), where a British party had failed in 1958 (A.A.J., 11:2, p. 331). A week’s bad weather drove them back. On June 22 Bardolej and the porter, Kabul climbed from Camp III placed 1000 feet above the col. Wind and the porter’s physical condition forced them back after they had apparently surmounted the climbing difficulties from a point less than 1000 feet from the summit. (This peak is sometimes called "Diran.") Meanwhile the scientists explored neighboring regions. In early August the expedition lent its efforts to the futile rescue of the ill-fated Batura Muztagh party.