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Asia, India—Garhwal, Satopanth

Satopanth. Our group of nine Austrians and a Swiss had first hoped to climb Satopanth (7075 meters, 23,212 feet) by its northwest ridge. We failed when five members fell sick at the beginning of the climbing period. On September 14, Klaus Reininger, Peter Burgstaller, Ivan Exnar and I started up the normal route, the north ridge, but we failed at 6700 meters because of insufficient acclimatization. Ernst Gritzner, Paul Alf, Oswald Pletschko, Heinz Zimmermann and Franz Mischka reached the summit on September 18, followed on September 22 by Exnar and me.

Peter Schier, Österreichischer Alpenklub