The 1971 International Himalayan Expedition set out from Katmandu yesterday (28 February), aiming to conquer Everest by two of the most difficult and previously unscaled routes.
MLV Expedition members starting to pack
MV Dougal Haston
MV Swiss woman Yvette Vaucher
MCV Japanese members
MV Group checking gear
MV Piles of foodstuff with Sherpas
MCV Member collecting item from box
CU Pile of ski-sticks
MV Dyhrenfurth leader of expedition
LV Members crossing hanging bridge over river
MLV Miss Vaucher crossing bridge & shaking hands with pressmen
LV More members crossing bridge
LV Expedition starting off up mountain
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Background: The 1971 International Himalayan Expedition set out from Katmandu yesterday (28 February), aiming to conquer Everest by two of the most difficult and previously unscaled routes.
Leading the 31-member team, drawn from 13 countries, is Swiss-born American Norman Dyhrenfurth, who lives in Austria. The party includes Yvette Vaucher, from Switzerland, who could be the first woman to scale Everest.
If the assault on Everest is successful, the climbers should reach the 29,028-ft (8,880 metre) peak early in May.
Countries represented in the team are Australia, Austria, Britain, France, West Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Nepal, Norway, Poland, Switzerland and the United States.
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