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MANASLU 1954-56 FIRST ASCENT Japanese Alpine Club 1958 1st ed Hardcover Fine DJ Near Fine SIGNED by Charlie Mace (1st American to Climb Manaslu)
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SIGNED by Charlie Mace.  Charlie Mace made the first American ascent of Manaslu in 1997. It was the last 8000 meter peak to be climbed by Americans.

Tokyo, The Mainichi Newspapers, 1958, 1st edition. 353 pp, 13 page introduction in English, 100s of photos, maps, foldouts. Described in Neate J17 and Yakushi j526. Sivalaya pages 141-142. Some English. 

Includes accounts of the 1954 and 1956 Japanese Manaslu expeditions, including the first ascent. The most important Japanese language book for collectors as this is an official account of an 8000m peak first ascent. In 1956, Toshio Imanishi (Japan) and Gyaltsen Norbu (Sherpa) made the first ascent of Manaslu on May 9, 1956. The Japanese expedition was led by Maki Yk, also known as Aritsune Maki.

Tall hardcover, 10 1/2'', or 26 cm, bound in handsome red cloth hardcover. Book is Fine. DJ is Near Fine with some minor chips and a one inch closed tear at the top of back cover.  
 
Timeline

1950 H.W. Tilman made a reconnaissance of Manaslu and believed there was a potential route to the top via the northeast.
 
1952 Japanese reconnaissance party reached 5275 m/17,300' on the east side.
 
1953 First attempt made by a Japanese team of 15 climbers to summit via the Northeast face. Three climbers made a summit attempt reaching
7750 m/25,425' before turning back.
 
1956 First ascent, by T. Imanishi (Japan) and Gyalzen Norbu (Sherpa).
 
1971 On May 17, Kazuharu Kohara and Motoki, part of an 11 man Japanese team, reached the summit via the NW spur.
 
1971 Kim Ho-Sup led a Korean expedition attempt via the Northeast. Kim Ki-Sup fell to his death on May 4.
 
1972 An Austrian expedition led by Wolfgang Nairz made the first ascent via the SW face.
 
1972 Koreans attempt the Northeast Face route. On April 10, an avalanche buried their camp at 6,500 m (21,300 ft), killing 15 climbers including 10 Sherpas, the Korean expedition leader Kim Ho-sup,and Kazunari Yasuhisa from Japan. 1973 On April 22, Gerhard Schmatz, Gerhard, Sigi Hupfauer and a Sherpa climber reached the summit via the Northeast face.
 
1974 On May 4, an all female Japanese expedition makes the summit, becoming the first women to climb an 8,000 metre peak. One climber died on May 5 when she fell between camps 4 and 5.
 
1975 On April 26, Gerald Garcia, Jeronimo Lopez and Sonam Sherpa of a Spanish expedition summit via the Northeast face.
 
1984 On January 14, Maciej Berbeka and Ryszard Gajewski of a Polish expedition made a first winter ascent via the normal route
 
1993 On May 2, Sepp Brunner, Gerhard Flomann, Sepp Hinding and Dr. Michael Leuprecht reached the summit via the normal route and descended with ski from 7,000m to the basecamp. The Austrian expedition was guided by Arthur Haid.
 
1997 Charlie Mace makes the first American ascent.
 
2002 On May 13, five Americans and two Sherpas reach the summit. See the
 
2002 American Manaslu Expedition.
 
2006 On May 29, Australian mountaineer Sue Fear died after falling into a crevasse on her descent after summitting. She was a friend of mountaineer Lincoln Hall, who survived a night exposed near Everest's summit. 

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