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Asia, Nepal, Annapurna II

Annapurna II. A five-man team from Australia, led by Timothy Macartney- Snape climbed Annapurna II by its south face and south spur. They set up Base Camp and Advance Base at 8525 and 12,150 feet on August 19 and 20. Camp I at 16,000 feet, Camp II and Camp III at 23,300 feet were also set up. After a heavy snowstorm on September 9 and 10, the weather was fine until the 19th when an even bigger storm struck. Lincoln Ross Hall was hit in two separate rockfalls and was out of action for a few days after each. Macartney-Snape escaped a small avalanche about the same time. Hall, Macartney-Snape, Andrew Henderson and Gregory Mortimer left Camp III on October 6 and bivouacked at 24,950 feet for two nights. They reached the summit (7937 meters, 26,041 feet) on October 8.

Kamal K. Guha, Himalayan Club