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South America, Peru, Cordillera Blanca, Huascarán High Altitude Research

Huascarán High-Altitude Research. Dr. Makoto Hara led his second Japanese high-altitude research expedition to Huascarán. (The first had been to Tharkot in Garhwal in 1977.) Two physiologists and a nurse also accompanied the 33 men and four women, 24 of whom had never been high before. Dr. Hara had hoped to get all but one or two to the top of Huascarán but bad weather complicated matters. Nineteen did reach the summit and all of the others got to the top of 18,870-foot Pisco Oeste. His plan was for Base Camp at 13,800 feet, three days of acclimatization by climbing to 16,400 feet and to sleep at that altitude on the fifth night, a rest at Base Camp and finally the climb to the 22,208-foot summit with one bivouac. The climbers were checked throughout by the scientists. A detailed report is in Iwa To Yuki N° 71.