American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Asia, Nepal, Gangapurna Attempt

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  • Publication Year: 1988

Gangapurna Attempt. An Icelandic expedition of five, led by Gudmundur Petursson, hoped to attempt Gangapurna by its east ridge from the col between Annapurna III and Gangapurna. However, they did not reach the col but abandoned the climb at 5500 meters after two days of a three-day electrical storm that deposited 50 centimeters of snow daily and caused serious avalanche danger. They got to 5500 meters twice. On April 28 Torfi Hjaltason, Anna Lara Friariksdotter, Jon Geirsson, Porsteinn Gudjonsson and Chawang Rinzin Sherpa put a tent there for Camp III and on May 1 and 2 the four Icelanders occupied the camp for two nights.

Michael J. Cheney, Himalayan Club, and Elizabeth Hawley

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