American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Asia, Nepal, Kumbhakarna (Jannu) Attempt and Tragedy

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  • Publication Year: 1987

Kumbhakarna (Jannu) Attempt and Tragedy. A three-man Australian expedition was led by Terry Tremble. All three reached 7550 meters on October 31 in their alpine-style push on the south ridge from Base Camp. This was the fourth day of ascent. That night it was planned to set out at midnight for the summit, but Keith Eggerton became ill and as his health deteriorated, it grew clear to the other two that they must get him down. His symptoms were those of high-altitude sickness, although he was believed to have acclimatized well to altitude. He collapsed and died at 7400 meters on November 1. The other two continued the descent and left the mountain.

Michael J. Cheney, Himalayan Club, and Elizabeth Hawley

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