American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Asia, Nepal, Nuptse Attempt

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  • Publication Year: 1988

Nuptse Attempt. Like the Italian team this season, Americans Rob Newsom and his companion wanted to climb the south spur of Nuptse, attempted previously by Jeff Lowe. This pair never even got onto the spur. They waited for the Italians to finish their attempt and acclimatized themselves. Then they went to the base of the south face on October 12. They got no higher than 400 meters above Base Camp at 5640 meters that day and turned back when they saw a storm approaching. They thought they would have to wait only a couple of days for improved weather but the big blizzard buried their gear at Base Camp and left unconsolidated powder snow. The climb was over.

Michael J. Cheney, Himalayan Club, and Elizabeth Hawley

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