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This is so sad. I spoke with my dad about this today (he has climbed half of the 8000 meter peaks and attempted Manaslu in May of 1978 with Gerry Roach) and he told me about their experience on this mountain. They got nailed with awful weather and the mountain received 55 feet of snow in 50 days. One storm alone dumped 7 feet in one night! They basically shoveled the entire time they were on the mountain. They had to mark gear caches with 15 foot avy probes that still got fully buried. Eventually, they made it to camp four but had to retreat because of the snowy weather and the dangers associated with it. To get back to the lower camps they had to kick off multiple slides. He said that camp 3 was very exposed. A few years back I met a gentleman on Khan Tengri who had just climbed Manalsu and he had a similar experience with massive snow storms. My dad said the most important piece of gear he brought on Manaslu was a grain shovel and that it saved their lives. Seems like it could be the snowiest mountain on earth... The AAC journal of 1978 has a write up about their expedition since it was the American high altitude record for Manaslu at the time. My dad and I were planning on going for Manaslu next year but this might change things since my mom already hates our climbing... Condolences to all that were involved.
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