AAC Publications - http://publications.americanalpineclub.org

Asia, Nepal, Makalu, Polish Attempt, 1975

Makalu, Polish Attempt, 1978. The Polish expedition, led by Janusz Kurczab, had difficulties at the Indian frontier and lost weeks with truck- engine trouble. Base Camp at 15,750 feet was not set up until September 27, 1978. After Camps I and II were established at 17,400 and 20,000 feet on September 28 and October 3, bad weather came with such heavy snowfall that Andrzej Mlynarczyk was overwhelmed by an avalanche in Base Camp on October 6 and died. Camps III and IV were occupied at 23,000 and 24,275 feet on October 17 and 26, but violent storms prevented their going any higher. The doctor from the French Kangchungtse expedition saved the life of a Pole who had pulmonary edema at Camp I.

Józef Nyka, Editor, Taternik, Poland