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Asia, Tibet, Cho Oyu, West Side from the North, Ascents and Attempts, Post-Monsoon

Cho Oyu, West side from the North, Ascents and Attempts, Post-Monsoon. An international expedition that climbed Cho Oyu’s western side from Tibet was led by Frenchman (Corsican) Hughes Griscelli. There were 2 French, 4 Italian, 2 Spanish and 1 Polish climbers. On September 25, the summit was reached by South Tirolean Christian Kutner, who had been joined by Swiss Jacob Reichen. The latter approached from Nepal and made the climb illegally. On September 26, Pole Wanda Rutkiewicz climbed to the top. This was the seventh 8000er for this remarkable Polish woman. On September 28, Spaniard Bartolomé Quetglas also completed the climb. David Lam from Hong Kong had hoped to make the ascent on a one-man expedition. Tsindin Temba Sherpa, who accompanied him, alone got to the summit on September 28. Japanese led by Tadao Kanzaki were also successful. On September 28, Tomiyasu Ishikawa, Miss Tamae Watanabe, Yoshikazu Nezu, Nima Temba Sherpa and Mingma Norbu Sherpa reached the summit, followed on September 29 by Kaneshige Ikeda and Pemba Norbu Sherpa. French leader Philippe Grenier and Guy Borrel completed the ascent of September 28. Americans led by Jerry Kennedy were on the summit on September 29. They were Kent Groninger, Miss Cathleen Richards, Cleve Armstrong and Miss Karen Young. Others were less successful. Climbers from Taiwan led by Gau Ming Ho failed at 7800 meters on September 4. South Koreans under the leadership of Oh In-Hwan failed at 8100 meters on October 23. Other South Koreans led by Kim Myong-Soo got to 7400 meters on October 29.

Elizabeth Hawley