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Asia, Nepal, Kang Guru, West Face

Kang Guru, West Face. Our members were Yang Yong-Deok, Park Hee-dong and I as leader. We approached via the Kang La with 15 porters because the normal route via Chame and Meta was threatened by landslides in the monsoon. We established Base Camp at 4920 meters on September 11. Two days later we started up a new route, the west face. On the 16th, after climbing a 300-meter snow face, we reached Camp I at 5920 meters. On the 18th the other two placed Camp II on the west ridge at 6570 meters, but I had to stay at Camp I with mountain sickness. On September 19 Yang and Park left Camp II at six A.M. and reached the summit (6981 meters, 22,904 feet) at 9:30 A.M. They returned to Base Camp at five P.M.

Bae Seung-Youl, Kwang Woon University Alpine Club, Korea