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Gasherbrum Traverse Repeated

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Polish climber Piotr Morawski and Slovak Peter Hamor have completed the second traverse between Gasherbrum I (26,509′) and Gasherbrum II (26,362′), Karakoram, Pakistan. The first successful traverse of GI and GII was made in 1984 by Reinhold Messner and Hans Kammerlander. On June 18, 2008, Morawski and Hamor departed from base camp. On June 25, they reached the summit of GI via the Spanish route. Eleven days later, on July 6, the team reached the summit of GII via the ridge between the two peaks. Morawski and Hamor intended to continue on to make the first enchainment of GI, GII and GIII, but due to inclement conditions, were forced to return to base camp after completing the traverse.

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