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Asia, Himalayas, 1953 Expeditions

1953 Expeditions. This year promises to be one of the most active ever in the Himalayas. A British expedition* under Col. John Hunt, consisting of 12 members with 4 in reserve, is leaving for Everest in February for another try at the southern route through Nepal. Meanwhile the Russians report that they are training hundreds of climbers in the Himalayas; so we may well see a race for the world’s highest summit. The British have also received permission from the Nepalese government for an expedition to Dhaulagiri. Meanwhile the Germans are making their plans for an assault on Nanga Parbat. In Vienna, the Austrians announce the organization of an Austrian Himalayan Foundation, which hopes to send out a party this year to explore some of the lesser known regions. The Japanese Mountaineering Club made a good reconnaissance to prepare for an expedition to Manaslu in Nepal in 1953. The 16 members will leave for India in April.

Of greater interest to the members of the American Alpine Club are the American expedition to K2 in 1953 and the projected California Himalayan Expedition to Makalu or Dhaulagiri in 1954.

H. Adams Carter

*Word has just been received of the successful ascent of Mt. Everest by this expedition, 29 May 1953.