Makalu, West Face, Ascent and Tragedy. A team of climbers from Ekaterinburg, Russia, led by Sergei Efimov, made an ascent of Makalu’s west face in the pre-monsoon season. Their ascent followed the right-hand ice faces to the great headwall, then joined the French West Pillar route by climbing a rock buttress. Two team members perished on the ascent. A full account appears earlier in this journal.