Shisha Pangma Attempt. Our climbing party consisted of Chuck Huss. Ken Nolan, John Pelner, Art Porter and me. We arrived at Base Camp at 16,000 feet by truck on April 12, anticipating a straightforward climb on the normal route from the north. With 15 yaks, we moved toward the head of the valley in two days. There the yak drivers refused to proceed, reluctant because of the unusually deep snow cover from the heavy winter snows. We continued ferrying loads for the next ten days, but a variety of illnesses and minor injuries caused one after the other to drop out. We abandoned the climb on April 24.
Richard Dietz, Colorado Mountain Club