American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Asia, Nepal, Pumori Ascents, Tragedy and Attempt

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  • Publication Year: 1994

Pumori Ascents, Tragedy and Attempt. An expedition led by Briton Henry Todd had 7 British, 4 Polish climbers and one each from Switzerland, the United States and New Zealand. They climbed the normal southeast ridge and face. On October 25, Poles Ryszard Pawlowski, Aleksandra Tomkowicz (f) and Ryszard Knapczyk got to the summit (7161 meters, 23,494 feet). They were followed on the 27th by Briton Alec McNab and American Dale Wang and on the 31st by Britons Lester Gray, Max Dubois and Poles Jan Orlowski and Pawlowski a second time. Timothy Brill led 10 Americans on the same route. On October 25, Don Beavon and William Pierson climbed to the top followed on the 27th by Gregory Gordon and Pasquale Sacturro. Tragically, Gordon died the next day in a fall. An expedition of seven Greeks led by Epaminondas Nikas reached a high point of 6300 meters on October 19.

Elizabeth Hawley

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