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Asia, Pakistan, Central Karakoram, Skilbrum, Ascent and Tragedy

Skilbrum, Ascent and Tragedy. A 17-member Japanese expedition made the second ascent of Skilbrum (7360m) via either the original Southwest Face route or the South Face (it is unclear which) on August 17. Eight climbers made it back to base camp on the Savoia Glacier, but on the 20th, an avalanche roared off nearby Angel Peak. The blast was great enough to destroy base camp, blowing climbers across the moraine. Six of the 17 were killed, including the leader, Hiroshima Mitsuo. (High Mountain Sports 183)