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North America, United States, Alaska, Mount McKinley, Western Rib of South Face

Mount McKinley, Western Rib of South Face. The Japanese ladies expedition was led by Michiko Sekita and composed of Nobue Yajima, Mitsuko Toyama, Sachiko Watanabe and Sueko Inoue. Misses Yajima, Toyama and Watanabe disappeared after leaving Camp V (17,700 feet) for the summit on June 29. Aerial and ground search continued until at last the three bodies were found at 14,500 feet at a spot between the Western Rib and the West Buttress on July 22. Ray Genet explained that the unhappy victims must have been caught in snowstorms on their way down to Camp V after possibly reaching the top.

Ichiro Yoshizawa, A.A.C. and Japanese Alpine Club