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Asia, Nepal, Kunbhakarna East Attempt

Kumbhakarna East Attempt. To make the first ascent of the extremely steep east face of Kumbhakarna (Jannu) has been a Slovene project since 1991. This autumn’s three-man party was the fourth Slovene group to plan its ascent. But Dušan Debelak and Tomaž Zerovnik could get no higher than 6800 meters before frequent stone avalanches drove them down to safety. The 7468-meter east summit of Kumbhakarna remains untrodden.

Elizabeth Hawley