AN IN­CRED­I­BLE END OF SEA­SON IN THE HI­MALAYAS

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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.

Photo by Matthieu May­nadier.

Gau­r­is­hankar, south face.

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