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Asia, Nepal, Ama Dablam, Post-Monsoon Ascents and Attempt

Ama Dablam, Post-Monsoon Ascents and Attempt. German Günther Härter led an expedition of six Germans, 4 Austrians and an Italian which climbed Ama Dablam by its southwest ridge. The summit was reached on October 22 by Härter, Austrian Peter Konzert and German Karl Dehn and on October 24 by Germans Lothar Reiser, Dieter Porsche, Austrians Klaus Gürtler, Wolf Dieter Jarisch and Italian Miss Hildegard Wolfsgruben These were the 67th and 68th ascents of the peak. An American expedition placed all its members on the summit by the southwest ridge. On October 26, leader Gary Ruggera, James Nowack, Gilbert McCormick and Dr. John Woodland got to the top. An eight-member French party led by Jean-Pierre Frachon was also successful on the southwest ridge. The summit was reached on November 1 by Frachon and Wongel Sherpa, on November 6 by Frachon and Wongel again, Bernard Madeuf and Danu Sherpa and on November 8 by Vincent Protopopoff, Georges Favre and Kami Tenzing Sherpa. Slovenian Yugoslavs Bojan Pockar and Vanja Furlan were driven back on the north face and north ridge by bad weather. They got to 6030 meters on October 28.

Elizabeth Hawley