Annapurna IV Attempts. A student from Osaka, Japan, Koichi Sugiyama, with Kami Tshering Sherpa, climbed to 6480 meters via the northwest ridge. They gave up on September 7 due to adverse weather. A South Korean Buddhist monk, Rim Jong-Bum, with five Sherpas, also was unsuccessful, reaching 7000 meters on October 9 on the same route before strong winds forced a retreat. Serbs led by Milenko Savic got to 6500 meters also on the northeast ridge before having to abandon the attempt.