Annapurna North Face Attempts. There were two unsuccessful attempts to climb Annapurna by the usual north-face route. Nine Spanish Catalans led by Oleguer Suñe reached a high point at 6200 meters on October 4. A second expedition of Catalans, also numbering nine, were under the leadership of Sebastiá Massague. They had to turn back on October 21 at 6850 meters.