American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Asia, Nepal, Kangchungtse (Makalu II) Attempt

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  • Publication Year: 1983

Kangchungtse (Makalu II) Attempt. A Spanish Basque expedition was led by Carlos Ochoa and composed of Iñigo Barandiaran, Imanol Ollaguindía, Juan Oyárzabal and Atxo Apellaniz. They attempted the south ridge of Kangchungtse (7640 meters, 25,066 feet), placing two camps at 17,400 and 20,350 feet above Base Camp before continuing alpine-style with two more bivouacs at 21,650 and 23,000 feet. They reached 24,125 feet on April 21 but quit because of snowfall, wind and exhausted food supplies. They brought too little money and bought insufficient food in Nepal because of a shortage of funds.

Michael J. Cheney, Himalayan Club, and Elizabeth Hawley

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