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Asia, Nepal, Annapurna Dakshin Attempt

Annapurna Dakshin Attempt. A French expedition led by Philippe Berger failed to climb the southwest ridge of Annapurna Dakshin (South). The other three members, Vincent Couttet, Eric Fauret and Denis Leroy, reached their highest point of 6300 meters on November 12 and 13, but both times they were driven back by high winds. To have continued would have been difficult on the knife-edged ridge and there was danger of falling rock. In addition, food supplies in Camp II at 6200 meters were now exhausted and the Nepalese government’s designated end of the autumn climbing season, November 15, was very near. So the climb was over.

Michael J. Cheney, Himalayan Club, and Elizabeth Hawley