Everest Southwest Face expedition post monsoon -- Nepal sideIn 1972 a British expedition led by Chris Bonington attempted to climb the notorious Southwest Face in the post monsoon season. This route had been attempted by the Germans, Japanese and an international team. All had failed.
Sadly the British expedition did not make it to the top. Severe winter storms with winds above 70 mph and plunging temperatures to nearly 50 below zero resulted in horrendously dangerous conditions. Entire camps were blown off the Face. I sustained frostbite to my hands and feet while doing a carry without oxygen to camp 4 at nearly 25,000 feet.
During the evacuation phase of the expedition Tony Tighe was killed in the icefall when a large serac collapsed. His body was never found.