American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Asia, Nepal, Shartse Attempt and Tragedy

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  • Publication Year: 1989

Shartse Attempt and Tragedy. Erick Bourdais, Jean-Marc Perrot and I had hoped to climb Shartse by its south col and ridge. We established Base Camp at the foot of Island Peak at 5300 meters on October 14 and Camp I at 5600 meters after crossing the Lhotse Shar Glacier on the 17th. On October 21, at 6000 meters Bourdais was swept down to his death by an avalanche after the fall of a sérac above the place where he was placing a piton. The attempt was abandoned.

Jean-Louis LeTrong, Club Alpin Français

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