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Asia, Nepal, Manaslu Attempt

Manaslu Attempt. Our objective had been to climb the normal northeast face of Manaslu and then I was to make an extreme ski descent of the southeast face. We were Michel-Albert Chamot, Jean-Pierre Susini, Patrick Gavard, Sylvain Baud, Serge Kempa and I as leader. The political disturbances in Nepal held us up a lot. On the mountain continuous bad weather, avalanches and serious accidents to other teams (the death of two Americans and a Sherpa and serious frostbite among the Italians) made us quit. We gave up on May 2 at Camp II at 5600 meters on Naike Col after another avalanche had blown the camp away.

Dominique Neuenschwander, Club Alpin Suisse