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Asia, Pakistan, Gasherbrum II, Ski Descent

Gasherbrum II and Hidden Peak Traverse. From June 23 to 30 Reinhold Messner and Hans Kammerlander traversed Gasherbrum II and Hidden Peak (Gasherbrum I). Totally alpine-style, they climbed with no help from anyone else. They ascended Gasherbrum II by the normal route with bivouacs at 6500 and 7450 meters, reaching the summit on June 25. They descended the south side of the east ridge to reach Gasherbrum La at 6600 meters. From there they climbed Hidden Peak directly up the north face, a partially new route. An eight-day storm began on June 27 when they were still below the summit of Hidden Peak. They reached the summit on June 28. They descended the southwest ridge, bivouacking at 7500 meters and at the foot of the ridge, returning to Base Camp at 5200 meters on June 30. Gasherbrum II was Messner’s eleventh 8000er. [We are grateful to Herr Messner for this information.—Editor. ]