American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Asia, Pakistan, Gasherbrum II Ascent and Tragedy

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  • Publication Year: 1990

Gasherbrum II Ascent and Tragedy. We were Javier Bermejo, Xabier Erro, Pili Ganuza de Goñi, Javier Garayoa, José Miguel Goñi, Anxton Ibarguren, Agustín Pagola and I. Having left Dassu on June 26, we got to Base Camp on July 5. Contrary to predictions, the weather cleared on the 7th. We carried up loads the next two days and four of us occupied Camp I on the 9th and Camp II the next day. The lead group continued up to Camps III and IV on July 11 and 12. Only a week after getting to Base Camp, on July 13, Erro, Ibarguren and Goñi reached the summit at eight A.M. During the descent, Ibarguren slipped and fell down the abrupt Chinese slope. His companions tried in vain to locate him and returned late to Camp IV with the sad news. All decided to withdraw from the mountain.

Gregorio Ariz, Club Anaitasuna, Spain

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