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Asia, Nepal, Ascent of Manaslu North I and Attempt on Manaslu North II

Manaslu, Ascent of Manaslu North I and Attempt on Manaslu North II. An expedition of 11 South Koreans was led by Park Tae-Gyu. On September 25, Lee Yong-Cheol and Ngawang Phurba Sherpa claimed to have completed the ascent of Manaslu (8163 meters, 26,781 feet) via the northeast face, but the Polish Italian-Belgian-Bulgarian party reported that their footprints stopped at a foresummit. However, a communication from the leader states that the snow was very loose to the foresummit, but from there on, it was so wind-blown and hard that they left no tracks whatsoever. On October 1, Canadians failed at 8050 meters to reach the summit, also by the northeast face, but that same day Geoff Powter and Peter Tucker made the third ascent of Manaslu North I (7157 meters, 23,481 feet) by its south ridge. This summit lies immediately north of Manaslu. The six Canadians were led by Michael Galbraith. Nine Frenchmen led by Claude Rey attempted to climb Manaslu North II (7050 meters, 23,130 feet), which lies north of Manaslu North I. Climbing the north ridge from the east, they reached 5500 meters on October 18.

Elizabeth Hawley