American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Asia, Pakistan, Nanga Parbat Attempt

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  • Publication Year: 1994

Nanga Parbat Attempt. Ours was the first official expedition from what was East Germany to attempt an 8000-meter peak. We attempted to make the third ascent of the Buhl route on the Rakhiot side of Nanga Parbat. Base Camp was established on May 19 at 3950 meters. We made good use of skis. We employed no high-altitude porters. After placing Camp I at 4480 meters on May 25, bad weather prevented our occupying Camp II at 5300 meters on June 5. Camp III was made at 6150 meters on June 11. A few days later, Jörg Ehrlich fell into a crevasse and broke his right arm. Gunnar Kind injured his knee badly skiing. That left only Jörg Leopold and me to put up Camp IV near Rakhiot Peak on July 3. We two reached a high point of 6750 meters on July 5.

Christian Walter, Alpinclub Sachsen, Germany

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