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Asia, Nepal, Mera

Mera. Although Mera is an easy trekking peak, a kind of high snow plateau with a small outcrop on its western side, it was ascended by Japanese on a new rock route on its west face. Kunihiko Kondo and Ms. Michiko Kiyoda placed Base Camp at 4400 meters at Tangnag Karka on March 9. They followed a couloir that ran diagonally from the center to the left side of the face. They set out alpine-style on March 11. By the 15th, they were on blue ice which led to an icy ridge. It is not clear to the Editor whether they reached the main summit (6654 meters, 21,830 feet) on March 17 or a slightly lower summit farther west. (More details and photos appear in Iwa To Yuki, N° 111.)