Gasherbrum IV: Movement At Last

Sergey Nilov and Dmitry Volovchenko cannot wait any longer. The Russian team has spent two days on a ledge in the middle of a storm on the southeast ridge of Gasherbrum IV. But now, it’s move up or give in. They are running out of supplies, so they need to grind higher up the mountain and pray for the weather to improve.

After two days of staying put in the storm and ten days since they started their summit push, the team has set off again. Yet conditions are still far from stable.

“We’re moving up, we need the good weather,” they said yesterday. Today, they removed the ropes and fixed two more pitches until they reached a decent ledge to spend the night on.

Multimodel forecasts foresee an improvement in the weather, but not before Wednesday this week.

Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides graduated university in journalism and specializes in high-altitude mountaineering and expedition news. She has been writing about climbing and mountaineering, adventure and outdoor sports for 20+ years.

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