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Asia, Pakistan, Gasherbrum II

Gasherbrum II. A seven-man-and-a-woman Japanese expedition led by Hideo Sato climbed Gasherbrum II (8035 meters, 26,360 feet). They established Base Camp at 16,650 feet on June 17 and Camp I at 17,900 feet on the 21st. R. Watanabe fell ill with pulmonary edema on June 27, was carried to Concordia and evacuated by helicopter. Climbing resumed on July 7. Camps II, III and IV were established on the southwest ridge at 19,000, 20,850 and 24,500 feet on July 11, 23 and 28. On August 1 Sato, Masaaki Fukushima and Kenji Imada headed for the summit, which they reached after a bivouac at 24,215 feet at three P.M. on the 2nd. They were at the summit together with members of the Spanish expedition. An account is in Iwa To Yuki 87 on page 106.