American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Asia, Nepal, Kang Guru Attempt

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  • Publication Year: 1984

Kang Guru Attempt. A German expedition of eight unsuccessfully attempted to reach the northwest ridge of Kang Guru (6981 meters, 22,904 feet) by its west face. They had three high camps. The leader Bernhard Scherzer and Peter Brill reached 20,350 feet on May 9. They abandoned the climb the next day when they realized that above the high point lay at least 1500 feet of hard ice, requiring much tedious step-cutting and rope fixing, for which they had neither sufficient equipment nor interest. A quantity of equipment and clothing (sleeping bags, down trousers) were stolen from Camp I at 16,075 feet by yak herders while the camp was unoccupied because a member suffering from altitude sickness was being taken down for a helicopter evacuation. The police recovered the goods after one week.

Michael J. Cheney, Himalayan Club, and Elizabeth Hawley

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