American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Asia, India—Garhwal, Hardeol Tragedy

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  • Publication Year: 1975

Hardeol Tragedy. A joint Indian-New Zealand all-women expedition was made up of Mrs. Shashi Kanta, co-leader Meena Agarwal, Swapna Mitra, Sreela Kundu, Vidya Ramachandran and Nandini Pandya, Indians, and Mrs. Margaret Clark, co-leader, Faye Kerr, Beverly Price, Jill Tre- main and Vicki Thompson, New Zealanders. They set up Base Camp at 13,850 feet at Natal Thar on April 30. From the beginning they seem to have been distressed by avalanches pouring off Trisuli and their objective Hardeol (23,460 feet). Camps I, II and III were set up at 15,000, 15,500 and 18,000 feet. On May 24 while returning from Camp III, Nandini Pandya and Sherpa Lhakpa were caught in an avalanche; Mrs. Pandya’s leg was broken and Lhakpa was injured. They had to be evacuated by helicopter. The others abandoned the attempt on Hardeol and turned to P 22,769. On May 30 Jill Tremain, Vicki Thompson, Vidya Ramachandran and Sreela Kundu set out for Camp II. Mrs. Clark in Camp I heard a huge avalanche but was not alarmed until they were overdue. Although she and others made an intensive search, no trace of the four could be found.

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