Once again, there is sad news from the Northern Pakistan Mountains. While attempting the almost 8,000-meter peak Gasherbrum IV, 32 years-old Italian climber Maurizio Giordano was hit by falling ice while on rappel. He died on the mountain. GIV is 7,925-meters.
He was on an acclimatization rotation with fellow Italian Army climbers Marco Majori, Marco Farina and Daniele Bernasconi. They had reached Camp 2 but decided to return to base camp as weather moved in. Multiple news agencies report the incident occurred at 6,300 meters. His body had not been retrieved yet. They wanted to be the first to repeat the Bonatti-Mauri route along the northwest ridge on its sixty anniversary.
Other GIV Attempts
There are several other teams on GIV including Italian Hervé Barmasse and German climber David Göttler. Also the Basque-Catalan group lead by Oriol Baró. Adam Bielecki, Jacek Czech and Felix Berg plan to move to GIV after they climb GII. Finally Oriol Baró, Marc Toralles, Roger Cararach and Iker Madoz are there as well.
It appears most climbers are wrapping up their acclimatization rotations on the other Karakoram Peaks including K2 for a late July summit attempt. Its now quiet on Nanga Parbat. There was supposed to be another summit attempt on Broad Peak lead by Furtenbach Adventures but it seems they have not left base camp. But Jake Meyer with Summit Climb reportedly left Camp 3 and experienced the same deep snow that stopped Furtenbach a couple of days ago.
My condolences to the family, friends and teammates of Maurizio.
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