Everest 1952 expedition loses another member.
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.
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
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