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Asia, India, Himachal Pradash, Deo Tibba

Deo Tibba. Deo Tibba (19,687 feet) was climbed by an expedition of the Alpine Mountaineering Club of Japan. The team included three expert skiers, Y. Kawaguchi, K. Yano, and I. Takahashi, photographer S. Sirahata, and two climbers, Akira Okuyama, leader and Yoshimitsu Kawasaki, deputy leader. Base camp was established at 14,000 feet beyond Manali on April 30. Two more camps were made. The not unfrequently visited top was reached by all, including Captain Raja, on May 24. Then the three skiers whizzed down the slopes to reach Base Camp in 55 exciting minutes, as against 25 toiling days to go up. Two days were taken by the non-skiing members to descend.

Deo Tibba was climbed again on September 6 by Lieutenant Baljit Singh Sandhu with four boys from the Sainik School in Lucknow, T.B.S. Pangtey, Ranjan Chand, L.K. Singh and A.K. Jaspal, all between 13½ and 16 years old. Lieutenant K.K. Bahadur Singh and Suresh Chand. Tricky crevasses made them detour and take quite a different route from that of Italians and Japanese earlier in the year.

Kamal K. Guha, Himalayan Club