Ama Dablam Attempt. A five-man French team led by Michel Pelle reached 19,000 feet on April 5, four days after having reached Base Camp and having placed Camp II at that height. They learned that an American expedition had arrived with a permit for the south ridge, which they were climbing. Upon return to Base Camp, they found that the Americans had the permit for the ridge and that the French permit was for the south face. The French had not come prepared for the much more difficult face climb, did not have the equipment for it and so they had to quit.
Michael J. Cheney, Himalayan Club, and Elizabeth Hawley