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Asia, Pakistan, Masherbrum I, East-Southeast Ridge, Attempt

Masherbrum I, East-Southeast Ridge, Attempt. It was reported that Peter Cole led a four-man American team (Cole, Gary Kuehn, Erik Olsen, Scott Porter) that reached a high point of 6050 meters. At Camp II (5650 m) on June 20, below a seemingly protective serac, an avalanche hit them from both sides. They were uninjured, but had to wait three days for snow conditions to improve before descending to Base Camp. A small amount of food and equipment was buried at Camp III (6050 m) and conditions made it impossible to reascend and retrieve the gear. At a debriefing in Islamabad, officials imposed a fine of $500 on the team, despite Cole’s record of environmental stewardship on former expeditions. (High Mountain Sports 171)