Baruntse Ascent and Attempt. There were two expeditions on the southeast ridge of Baruntse in the autumn. Six French climbers and two Swiss led by Fran§oise Aubert were successful. Frenchman Bernard Hollande and Swiss Patrice Kohli got to the summit (7129 meters, 23,389 feet) on November 15. Three Swiss led by Michael Zimmermann were unable to get higher than 6900 meters on October 6.