Annapurna Winter Attempt. Darko Berljak led a group of 12 Yugoslavs and Americans in an attempt on Annapurna. Miroslav Sveticic intended to climb the virgin west face solo but did not actually attempt it. His teammates climbed the Dutch route on the north face to 6400 meters on December 4 to prepare the descent route. Ice avalanches that swept the route and nearly caught Danilo Tic and Marjan Frešer, who were fixing rope, persuaded them to give up the attempt.