Science: Kanchenjunga Couloir

Death slipped up on a German party climbing Himalayan Mount Kanchenjunga last week, struck twice, causing anguish which when transcribed became one of the finest bits of journalistic writing this summer.

Two years ago Dr. Paul Bauer took Bavarian mountain climbers to scale 28,146-ft. Kanchenjunga on the India-Thibet frontier. Blizzards and avalanches thwarted the party. Last year another German group under Professor Günther 0. Dyhrenfurth tried, failed, turned to and surmounted neighboring Jonsong Peak, altitude 24,340 ft. This summer Dr. Bauer again essayed Kanchenjunga.

Last week his men—Germans, Indians and Thibetans—were high up the Zemu Glacier. They had rounded its crumbling snout the...

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