Everest Attempts. The “expedition” organized by Hanns Schell was actually a group of teams. It included the American Snowbird Expedition as well as Steve Boyer and Murray Rice whose efforts are given above. In all there were 5 Austrians, 5 Germans, 1 Italian, 2 French and 13 Americans. They all attempted the South-Col route and none were successful. The highest any of them got was 8400 meters reached by South Tirolean Reinhard Patscheider and Austrian Thomas Schlicher on October 2. They were turned back primarily by wind. The French couple Bernard Muller and Laurence de la Ferrière and Austrian Rüdiger Lang spent the night of September 29 on the South Col.
Michael J. Cheney, Himalayan Club, and Elizabeth Hawley