AN INCREDIBLE END OF SEASON IN THE HIMALAYAS
After Ueli Steck’s success, the high altitude season was coming slowly to an end. But the following days brought news of the success of Mick Fowler and Paul Ramsden at Kishtwar Kailash (6450 metres), without a doubt the highest summit of the East Kishtwar (India). A few summits rise above 6500 metres in the western part of the mountain range, which is itself situated to the west of Zanskar. The Kailash Kishtwar was a virgin peak, and the FowlerRamsden ascent is 1500 metres, with a grade of ED and Scottish VI. Almost at the same time, at the end of October, we heard about the successful ascent of Mathieu Maynadier, Mathieu Detrie, Pierre Labbre and Jérôme Para on the difficult south face of Gaurishankar (7134 metres for the main summit, 7010 metres for the southern summit), while we were also following the progress of Stéphane Benoist and Yannick Grazziani towards the summit of Annapurna… On the 24th of October, they summitted after climbing the south face, in an alpine-style, of course… Both of these ascents, not speaking of the technical difficulties, were very hard due to the bad weather conditions.The Gaurishankar is situation on the Nepalese-tibetan border to the west of Melungtse, on the right side of the Rolwaling valley. It was climbed only once in the past in 1979 by John Roskelley and Dorje Sherpa.
Gaurishankar, south face.