American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Asia, Kangchenjunga

  • Climbs And Expeditions
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  • Publication Year: 1932

Kangchenjunga: The Bavarian expedition under Paul Bauer, which last summer attempted to avenge their defeat by the weather two years ago on Kangchenjunga, again conquered almost superhuman difficulties only to find their way barred at 26,000 feet. After battling for several months with the tremendous ice walls, towers and battlements of the northeast spur and losing two men in a most unfortunate accident (the young Vienese, Hermann Schaller and the porter Passang), they were repulsed in September by the bad state of the short (400 feet) but very steep slope leading to the north ridge, which according to their observations would have led them without difficulty to the summit. As it snowed every day, there was no hope of improvement and a retreat was necessary, a most unfortunate end to a heroically conceived and executed mountaineering enterprise.

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