Batura I Attempt. A Japanese expedition led by Shin’ichi Kono failed to make the second ascent of Batura I (25,540 feet) by the route first climbed by Germans. Base Camp had been established on June 7 and the route had been prepared to Camp IV at 22,300 feet. On July 6 Mitsunori Tenjinzono was hit by an avalanche between Camps III and IV and swept down 2000 feet to his death. The expedition was abandoned.