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Asia, India–Garhwal, Satopanth, South Face Attempt and Tragedy, 1983

Satopanth, South Face Attempt and Tragedy, 1983. A Hungarian expedition of seven, led by Peter Dékány, made an attempt on the south face of Satopanth. After establishing Base Camp at Nandanban on October 4, 1983 and Camp I at 18,375 feet on October 9, they started an alpine-style attempt on October 18. They climbed the right side of the south face and, after a bivouac at 19,700 feet, reached the east ridge, fixing 500 feet of rope. They bivouacked on below the crest of the east ridge at 21,000 and 22,000 feet. On October 21 Dékány and Attila Oszváth traversed toward the center of the south face. This pair was trapped for three days in a crevasse at 22,300 feet by bad weather and eventually had to return because of avalanche danger. The other four descended from the 21,000-foot camp on October 22; Laszlo Jankovics was killed when he slipped descending the ice face. A photograph of the route appears on page 81 of Iwa To Yuki N° 103.