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Asia, Nepal, Dhaulagiri Attempt

Dhaulagiri Attempt. Our expedition was composed of Olivier Besson, Philippe Michaud, Guy Cousleix, Michel Beulné and me. We tried to climb the normal northeast ridge of Dhaulagiri. After an approach via the Mayagdi Khola we got to Base Camp on November 24. Six days of bad weather followed by sun still did not let us get to the north col despite four tries. The snow was belly-deep. We quit at 5200 meters. Then, Besson, Beulné and I climbed Tukuche Peak by the northeast ridge. When we returned to Base Camp, we learned that one of our approach porters, a lad of 17, had died in an avalanche. We called the attempt off on December 17.

Laurent Lukie, Club Alpin Français