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TOPIC: First ascent of the south Face of Gauri Shankar (7134m)

First ascent of the south Face of Gauri Shankar (7134m) 6 years, 6 months ago #1044

On 23 October the French alpinists Mathieu Détrie, Mathieu Maynadier, Pierre Labbre and Jérôme Para made the first ascent of the virgin south Face of Gauri Shankar (7134m) in the Rolwaling Himal, located on the border between Nepal and Tibet.

Gauri Shankar is the second highest peak in the Rolwaling Himal. The French alpinists successfully summited via a new route up the imposing and hitherto unclimbed South Face. This enormous, difficult face had also been attempted in 2011 by Stefan Glowacz and David Göttler who had been forced to abandon their expedition due to continuous bad weather.

Beyond being the first ascent of the south face, this was the fourth ascent of the mountain, after the first in 1979 by the American John Roskelley and the Nepalese Dorje Sherpa who climbed the west face. Then in 1984 the SW face was climbed by Wyman Culbreth and Ang Kami Sherpa, and then in January 1986 the mountain was climbed by the South Korean Choi Han-Jo and Ang Kami Sherpa.

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