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Asia, Pakistan, Gasherbrum IV, Solo East Face Attempt

Gasherbrum IV, Solo East Face Attempt. Having traveled to Base Camp with the Japanese expedition led by Hirofumi Konishi, Yasushi Yamanoi began solo on July 6 at night to climb the east face of Gasherbrum IV. In the icefall below the Italian col, he was carried down 80 meters by an avalanche but was unhurt. The next day, he set out again and reached the foot of the east face at ten P.M. On July 8, he climbed soft snow and smooth rock to 7000 meters, where it began to snow. He then retired and joined the others to climb Gasherbrum II. More details and a photograph appear in Iwa To Yuki of December, 1993.