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Asia, Nepal, Dhaulagiri

Dhaulagiri. On May 14, a nine-member Danish team managed to place their leader Søren Smid on the summit of Dhaulagiri by the standard northeast ridge route. He became the first Dane to climb an 8000er. He climbed solo from their Camp II at 7200 meters, spent two nights alone at Camp II at 7700 meters and made his way to the top on a cold but clear and windless morning. He used no bottled oxygen.

Elizabeth Hawley