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Asia, Nepal, Himalchuli

Himalchuli. An Italian expedition led by Dr. Annibalo Bonicelli failed to climb Himalchuli (25,895 feet) by the Japanese route of 1959, the northeast face. On the morning of May 8 at Camp VI at 23,525 feet, Mario Dottu fell whilst he was clipping onto a fixed rope placed the day before up to 24,450 feet. He fell 100 feet through the air and another 1000 feet down a steep snow slope, all the way from Camp VI to Camp V, and was able to pick himself up and walk away. After this the expedition was abandoned because of the time lost whilst other members escorted Dottu down to Base Camp. The expedition complained of poor Sherpa support.

Michael Cheney, Himalayan Club