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Asia, Pakistan, Gasherbrum III Attempt

Gasherbrum III attempt. All members of our expedition are serving in the British Army. They were Peter Lawes, Mark Skelton, John Morgan, Kevin Pritchard, Frank Lyman, Chris Davies, Dr. John Allen and I as leader. We followed the normal route on Gasherbrum II to the top of the ridge where the foot of the Gasherbrum II pyramid is reached. We intended to cross the col separating Gasherbrums II and III and climb the southeast face of Gasherbrum III, following the Polish route. The highest point we reached was Camp IV at the top of the ridge at 7350 meters. We stocked a camp there for a summit attempt. However, heavy snow fell and avalanched regularly across our route from the northwest face of Gasherbrum II. With time running out, we abandoned the attempt on August 18.

Patrick L. Hickie, Royal ArtilleryBritish Army