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Asia, Nepal, Baruntse, West Pillar

Baruntse, West Pillar. A team of eleven Russians led by Sergei Efimov crossed an icefall southwest of the summit and climbed the previously unattempted 850-meter West Pillar to the summit (7129 meters), encountering 65° to 75° mixed rock and ice. They descended the normal route on the southeast ridge, which they had earlier climbed to 6500 meters.

Elizabeth Hawley