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Italian Climber Dies Attempting Gasherbrum IV

Italian climber Maurizio Giordano, 32, was part of the Aosta Military Expedition to Gasherbrum IV in Karakorum, Pakistan, when he died.

He was on the climb with Marco Majori, Valerio Stella, Marco Farina and Daniele Bernasconi in which they wanted to summit 60 years after it was first climbed by the 1958 first ascent by Walter Bonatti and Carlo Mauri on an Italian expedition led by Riccardo Cassin via the northeast ridge and the north summit.

It was reported on the expedition team’s website here that he died near the Italian Seracs just over 6,300 metres.

He and other climbers were acclimatizing when they decided to head back down the fixed ropes from camp two.

This is the second death in as many weeks in the Himalayas, as Canadian Serge Dessureault died on K2.

Maurizio Giordano