Austrian Makalu Attempt. This five-man Austrian expedition led by Wilfried Studer ended with a permit for the west-pillar route on Makalu. They began climbing the normal northwest route for acclimatization before tackling the pillar. A French-American team, which had permission for the normal route, arrived and demanded that the Austrians leave the route. Soon afterwards, a big snowstorm came. The Austrians did not want to try the pillar with so much snow and they abandoned the climb. Four members had gone to 6500 meters on October 13 and 17 on the normal route.
Michael J. Cheney, Himalayan Club, and Elizabeth Hawley