... Only Walter Bonatti and Piere Mazeaud survived ...
Bonatti, Gallieni and Mazeaud
Don Whillans and Chris Bonington decided to have a go at the Freney Pillar. The team also included Ian Clough (who later died on Annapurna) and the Polish climber Jan Duglosz. Another strong French team, Rene Desmaison and Poulet Villard ...
you forgot : Pierre Julien & Ignazio Piussi
Thank you for your comment. I think the full account of the Italian-French attempt on the Central Pillar of Freney and the disaster following it should be in an SP-article of itself. Are you the one to write it?
no, sorry, I heard only something directly from Ignazio Piussi (when we met in Grigna, long long ago)
Here is a long article on the 1961 tragedy on the Central Pillar of Freney.
I have read Chris Bonington's "I chose to climb" with a great deal of enthusiasm, so I am a bit into this matter! I find it great that there are contributions like yours on SP that also shed light on important individual people in alpinism!
Thanks for your positive feedback!
Thanks Hans. That was a very intersting article. Read very well indeed.
Thanks a lot and glad you liked it!
Thanks a lot. Yes there are two pictures of the box in Bonington’s book “Annapurna South Face”. I will try to include one in the article later.
I believe it is here at last page.
"I believe it is here at last page. Whillans Box" this link does not existe anymore.
Here are 2 pictures of the box.
Nice account on the "villain". Unfortunately a often forgotten mountaineer.
Thanks. I hope this piece will make Whillans known to more SPers.
Thanks for kind words! He is sort of a hero of mine too.
We have Death Valley Scotty here in the American west.
The golden days of climbing in Europe and the Himalayas have Don Whillans.
Yes, one of a kind he was.
Thanks for a well written account of a nostalgic era. He had a great sense of humour
Aye, 'e 'ad.
Thanks a lot for this post.......