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The Everest 1952 expedition loses another member.

The 1952 expedition: In 1951, The Swiss Foundation for Alpine Research was granted permission to explore Everest via its South Col in the spring of 1952. The expedition was entrusted to Dr E. Wyss-Dunant and included the foremost Genevan alpinists of the day : Renι Dittert (technical leader), Jean-Jacques Asper, Renι Aubert, Gabriel Chevalley, Lιon Flory, Ernest Hoffstetter, Raymond Lambert and Andrι Roch.

With astonishing tenacity these men opened the South Col route (7,900 meters/25,920 feet) by forcing their way along the famous West Col. On May 28, after bivouacking at 8,400 meters/27,560 feet, under canvas but without sleeping bags, Raymond Lambert and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay climbed in the direction of the summit. They broke a new altitude record, reaching a point above 8,600 meters/28,215 feet. As their oxygen supply was defective, it can be said that the two men reached this altitude unassisted by oxygen. Today mountaineers agree that the Genevan expedition of 1952 made a major contribution to the English victory in 1953.

Andre Roch, died this week. He was 96. Roch was known in America for designing the first ski area in Aspen Colorado....

For more on the 52 expedition and the Swiss Everest 50th Anniversary Expedition 1952-2002 see here.

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