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Asia, Nepal, Makalu

Makalu’s West Pillar. Kitty Calhoun Grissom’s article on this first female ascent of Makalu appears earlier in this volume.

Makalu. The Japanese Research Center of High Mountains organized a lightweight expedition composed of leader Dr. Makoto Hara, Hiroshi Ohnishi and Polish women Wanda Rutkiewicz and Ewa Pankiewicz. Because of bad weather, the approach took them 19 days. Base Camp was established on April 8 at 5300 meters. Camps were placed on the normal route up to 7750 meters. On May 6, Ohnishi and Nima Dorje Sherpa completed the 31st ascent of the peak. Three days later, the two women got to 7900 meters but were driven back by the weather. In 1989 Ohnishi reached the North Pole on foot and also climbed Mount Everest.

JÓzef Nyka, Editor, Taternik, Poland