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Asia, India—Garhwal, P 6193, Bhagirathi Group, and Manda II Attempts

P 6193, Bhagirathi Group, and Manda II Attempts. From August 20 to September 30, six Slovenes led by Marko Vrevc attempted two unclimbed faces in the Gangotri region. They split into two parties. Matjaž Jamnik and Miha Kajzelj tried to complete the 1100-meter-high ascent of the west face of P 6193 (20,319 feet), which had been attempted in 1992 by other Slovenes. (See AAJ, 1993, page 244.) The peak lies between Bhagirathi II and III. On September 2, they climbed the easy lower 400 meters and two pitches on the steep 700-meter wall. During a bivouac, avalanches ran over them all night. In the morning, when the heavy snowfall stopped for a while, they descended. The other party, Miha Vreca and Marko Vrevc, hoped to climb the huge northeast face of Manda II (6568 meters, 21,550 feet). The conditions were very bad this year with much less snow and consequently more rockfall. Because of the objective danger, they hardly entered the route.

Franci Savenc, Planinska zveza Slovenije