American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Asia, Nepal, Annapurna Dakshin Tragedy

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  • Publication Year: 1986

Annapurna Dakshin Tragedy. A German expedition hoped to climb Annapura Dakshin via the southwest ridge to the south face, a route done by Japanese in 1978. They examined the south face, deciding to do the central spur, but almost continuous snowfall convinced them that the face was avalanche prone. They went around to the Greek route. They made two successive bivouacs on the east face before the avalanche mentioned in the account above led them to abandon the climb. On October 22, Leader Walter Fichter, Thomas Kürschner, Martin Storz and Rupert Wohlschlager were at 6500 meters. Either a Greek or Wohlschlager started a slab avalanche, which killed Wohlschlager and Tsatsaragos.

Michael J. Cheney, Himalayan Club, and Elizabeth Hawley

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