American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Asia, Nepal, Kangchenjunga South Attempt

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  • Publication Year: 1988

Kangchenjunga South Attempt. The leader of three Belgians and a Nepalese on the southwest face of Kangchenjunga, Alain Hubert, reached 8000 meters on October 14 in a solo bid for the summit of Kangchenjunga South. He was forced to bivouac there by strong winds and a heavy pack. On the second summit bid, Hubert went alone on October 22 to the site of Camp II at 7200 meters on the Great Shelf and could find no trace of the camp. A huge storm had intervened on October 19 and 20. The camp was either buried under very deep snow or it had blown away. All his down clothing for the climb and all the food were lost and so the climb was finished. He had intended to descend from above the Great Shelf by paraglider, but that too had been lost at Camp II.

Michael J. Cheney, Himalayan Club, and Elizabeth Hawley

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