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Asia, Nepal, Manaslu Solo

Manaslu Solo. I spent a couple of weeks on the Manaslu plateau at Advance Base (17,050 feet) to acclimatize before attempting the normal northeast-face route of Manaslu. On October 19 I left Base Camp all alone and got to Camp I at 21,000 feet at 3:30 P.M., taking all my stamina to get there up icefalls and over crevasses. I left Camp I at 7:30 A.M. on October 20, carrying my minitent, and got to Camp II despite wind and deep snow. On the 21st, strong winds kept me in my tent all day. In spite of the gale, I left Camp II at 3:30 A.M. on October 22. Above the plateau I caught sight of the Germans moving up below me. I finally reached the summit (8463 meters, 27,766 feet) at 3:30 P.M. After a few photographs, I descended a little and met the Germans. After talking to them a short while, I hurried back to Camp II. I was back in Base Camp (15,750 feet) on October 23, not eating, and drinking only hot water on the descent.

Huh Yong-Ho, Korea