Himalchuli Tragedy. A nine-man Japanese expedition, led by Hisatoshi Takabayashi, hoped to make a new route on Himalchuli, the south face to the west ridge. Shunji Nishida and two Sherpas reached 21,325 feet on the west face on September 30 where Camp III was to be pitched. Bad weather intervened. On October 6 four men were going up to this site when one Japanese slipped and pulled the other three down with him. They fell 650 feet and Masayuki Fujita and Nobuhiro Hase were killed. This ended the attempt.
Michael J. Cheney, Himalayan Club, and Elizabeth Hawley