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Asia, Nepal, Annapurna Tragedy

Annapurna Tragedy. A French expedition led by Jean-Paul Vion attempted the unclimbed northwest buttress of Annapurna. On September 26 André Durieux and Roland Girod-Roux reached 24,275 feet, above Camp IV at 23,450 feet. The expedition was abandoned after avalanches completely swept away Camps I and II, taking the lives of Durieux, Yves Favre and Sherpas Pemba Tsering and Ang Nima.

Michael J. Cheney, Himalayan Club, and Elizabeth Hawley