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Asia, Nepal, Cho Oyu

Cho Oyu. Reinhold Messner, Michl Dacher and Hans Kammerlander reached the summit of Cho Oyu (8201 meters, 26,906 feet) on May 5. This was one of the fastest ascents of an 8000er ever and surely the fastest from the capital city to the summit. They left Lukla on April 15 and made Base Camp on the 26th. From Advance Base at 18,375 feet on the Nepalese side of the top of the Nangpa La, they began an alpine-style ascent on May 2. The new route was up the southwest ridge to the southwest face. After three bivouacs they reached the summit at 12:30 P.M. on May 5. They were back in Base Camp on May 7. This was Messner's tenth 8000er and Dacher's fifth.

Michael J. Cheney, Himalayan Club, and Elizabeth Hawley