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Asia, Bhutan, Jichu Drake, 1984

Jichu Drake, 1984. Our party consisted of Ataru Deguchi, Noboru Sudo, Keiichi Sudo, Masahiko Chigara, Takuo Kikuchi, Kenzo Shinmazu, Moriya Hara, Shoji Seki and me as leader. We made Base Camp on May 4, 1984 at 4500 meters by a glacial lake east of the east ridge of Jichu Drake. We took a route to escape the long one from the end of the east ridge where Japanese women had failed in 1983. We cut short to ascend to a col of 5300 meters on the east ridge and made Camp I on May 7. Camp II at 5600 meters was placed on the 13th. On May 20 K. Sudo, Hara, Deguchi, Shinmasu and I reached the summit (6790 meters, 22,277 feet).

Kuniaki Yagihara, Himalayan Association of Japan