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British Machhapuchare 1957

On a trip to the region in 1956, Roberts believed that he had identified a possible route to the mountain's summing via its north ridge. Retunring in 1957, the expedition soon ran into difficulties when Chorley, escorted by Roberts, had to be evacuated with what later turned out to be poliomyelitis. They also struggled to climb the ridge, coming upon sections early on that they considered impassable. However, Noyce, Wylie and Cox, who remained in camp, eventually managed to by-pass the ridge's early difficulties and force a series of camps higher up the mountain. Following an awkward abseil to a hanging glacier, Cox and Noyce succeeded in climbing to within 100-150ft. of the summit, turning back as they reached a section of hard, polished ice. Cox and Noyce also succeeded in making an ascent of Fluted Peak (AKA Singu Chuli) (6501m).

April - June 1957
Wilfrid Noyce, J. O. M. Roberts, Charles Wylie, David Cox and Roger Chorley