American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Asia, India-Garhwal, Devistan

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  • Publication Year: 1979

Devistan. In May and June the Brown University Expedition visited the Nanda Devi region of the central Himalaya. The trek in was from Reni to Dibrugheta, staying within the Rishi Gorge and crossing the river several times. From Dibrugheta the standard approach route was followed. Base Camp was established in the Sanctuary and Devistan (21,910 feet or 6678 meters) was climbed via the eastern slopes. Two camps were established on the mountain, the highest camp in the saddle between and to the east of the double summits, Devistan I and II. Twenty-four expedition members reached the summit of Devistan I, the southernmost of the two summits. One party reached the summit of Devistan II. On the march out a party of six attempted Rishi Kot (20,460 feet or 6236 meters) by the ice-and-snow-covered western face, but were turned back several hundred meters below the summit. One of the expedition members, Paul Palatt, died on the march in when he slipped and fell from a water-level log bridge across the Rishi River. The expedition members were: Fred Berkelhammer, Thomas Binet, John Braman, James Brochin, James Burr, Woodruff Carroll, Frederick Chase, David Corcoran, Jonathan Corcoran, Robert Daigle, Jr., Julia Fairchild, Paul Haire, Craig Heimark, John Heimark, David Heitke, Kathleen Kim, Michael McDonald, R. Steven Mills, Rebecca Moore, Thomas Mutch, Andrew Novick, Paul Palatt, Steven Peters, Neil Regan, Andrew Robinson, Michelle Saltmarsh, Nathaniel Siddall, David Stehle, Timothy Stevens, Claudia Talland, Terry Tullis, Alexis Ward, and Elizabeth Wheeler.

Thomas A. Mutch

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