American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Asia, Nepal, German Cho Oyu Attempt

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  • Publication Year: 1988

German Cho Oyu Attempt. This four-man expedition dwindled to just one member before arrival at Base Camp; two went to Lhotse first and never went on to Cho Oyu and the third got sick before getting to Base Camp and left Nepal. That left Hans Eitel to climb alone, which he did. There were constant avalanches on his intended southeast-face route and so he changed his plans and tried the south ridge, the eastern one of the two lines attempted by Mark Udall’s team. Eitel got to 7400 meters on October 23 before giving up. The route was too difficult and long for him alone.

Michael J. Cheney, Himalayan Club, and Elizabeth Hawley

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