Kwangde, Winter Ascent. A Japanese expedition led by Shin’ya Ikuta climbed Kwangde’s northeast ridge. In the last week of December 1982 and first week of January, they placed two camps and fixed rope on a headwall. Yasuki Nishimoto, Kenji Fujita and Yozo Yokoyama left Base Camp on January 7 and bivouacked at 19,000 feet while Ikuta and Masaru Mizukami spent the night at Camp II. On January 8 they all reached the summit.