American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Asia, Pakistan, Gasherbrum I, Ascent and Tragedy

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  • Publication Year: 1997

Gasherbrum I, Ascent and Tragedy. Spanish Climber Manuel Alvarez Diaz (38) perished after successfully scaling Gasherbrum I (8067 m) on July 17. According to sources, after reaching the summit on July 12 at 10:30 a.m., Diaz fell on the descent and injured his backbone, neck and one eye. He was unable to continue and was lowered by his partner to Camp III (7200 m) where they stayed for six days. Rescue was impossible due to avalanche hazard. After six days Diaz’s eye was completely gone, he had frost bite on his hands and paralysis had set in. He was laid to rest in his sleeping bag at Camp III.

Asem Mustafa Awan, The Nation, Pakistan

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