American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Asia, Nepal, Nampa South or Rokapi

  • Climbs And Expeditions
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  • Publication Year: 1978

Nampa South or Rokapi. The British Northumbria Himalaya Expedition, led by Richard Godfrey, climbed Rokapi (22,447 feet) by the southwest ridge. The summit was reached on October 10 by Thomas Herley and Kevin McLane from Camp IV. Early in the approach march one of the eight members became seriously ill. Four other members, possibly to help carry the sick man, returned to India. Only the leader and the two other members reached Base Camp with the liaison officer and one “Base Camp worker.” The summit pair left Camp IV on October 6, reached the summit on October 10 and returned by a different route to Base Camp on October 15. That very day a very worried and lonely leader was preparing to leave Base Camp, fearing that his companions were lost.

Michael Cheney, Himalayan Club

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