Dhaulagiri Attempt. A North and South Tirolean expedition led by Wolfgang Nairz had hoped to climb Dhaulagiri by the standard northeast-ridge route. Reinhold Messner and another then wanted to descend the northwest ridge or the north face to complete a traverse. However, Camp III at 7400 meters was the highest point reached. It was set up by four climbers who occupied it on May 8. They were defeated by the weather; strong winds and heavy snowfall made progress slow and avalanche danger great. They decided on May 9 to abandon the climb.
Michael J. Cheney, Himalayan Club, and Elizabeth Hawley