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Asia, Nepal, Langtang Lirung, Winter Attempt

Langtang Lirung, Winter Attempt. Another team of three Japanese and one Nepalese, led by Ichiro Hosoda, arrived at their 4200-meter Base Camp on December 11,16 days after the others. They used their compatriots’ ropes. They pitched Advance Base next to Ezaki’s Base Camp. They had to wait for heavy snowfall and avalanching to stop before making Camp I where Ezaki’s had been. On December 24, in the face of very strong winds, they reached their high point of 6200 meters, where Hosoda and a Nepalese placed Camp II. Hosoda waited there alone for two more days hoping the wind would drop, but it did not abate and he gave up.

Elizabeth Hawley