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Gasherbrum IV (Al Filo De lo Imposible)

Gasherbrum IV (Al Filo De lo Imposible), Pakistan, 20 November 2001

by Sebastian Alvaro. Al Filo De Lo Imposible, Spanish TV. 56 minutes. Filmed in 1997. Released in 2001. This film follows Spanish mountaineers Jose Carlos Tamayo, Paco Chavarri, Jon Lazcano, and Kike de Pablo as they attempt Gasherbrum IV in June 1997.

Story

The film opens with scenes of K2, Broad Peak and Gasherbrum IV. Walter Bonatti talks about his first ascent of Gasherbrum IV in 1958 with Carlo Mauri, with some of the film footage from that climb. We follow the climbers are their bus passes the barren countryside and villages of Pakistan, and then follow the porters and climbers as they trek past the Trango Tower to Concordia, with its sparkling views. The climbers climb the enormous icefall to Camp I and then to the beginning of the North East Ridge, and then return to Base Camp. They climb back to Camp 1, and then up the ridge to set up Camps 2 and 3, with broad beautiful views. They reached 7300m before retreating.

This DVD has one other film, La Arista De Peuterey (51 minutes), that follows Spanish climbers Esther Sabadell and Elena Castro as they climb the entire 8km Peuterey Ridge from Courmayeur to the summit of Mont Blanc, the longest ridge in Europe, in 2002.

The filming is excellent showing that Gasherbrum IV is one of the most beautiful mountains in the world. The close up, broad view, and extreme telephoto gives the depth and scale and steepness of the climb. I enjoyed seeing the old film footage and Walter Bonatti's interview. I wish I could understand the Spanish narration.

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