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Asia, Nepal, Manaslu Attempt

Manaslu Attempt. An Italian expedition led by Lorenzo Massarotto attempted the east ridge of Manaslu (26,760 feet), which had unsuccessfully been tried by the French in 1977. They set up Base Camp on April 7 at 12,700 feet. Terrin Elvio and Vittorio de Savorgnani along with two Sherpas were struck by an avalanche on May 5 in their tents at 24,100 feet at Camp V, which they had just established. They escaped by tearing the tents open but suffered frostbite and had to be flown out. Their companions continued but had to give up at 24,600 feet for lack of manpower.

Kamal K. Guha, Himalayan Club