Asia, India, Bandar Punch

Publication Year: 1951.

Bandar Punch. On 20 June 1950 the first ascent of Bandar Punch (20,720 ft.) was made by a party including a school principal, a major general, a teacher and a sergeant-instructor. Seven or eight attempts to climb the peak, which can be seen from Mussoorie, have been made since 1937. This was the third assault by J. M. Gibson, Principal of the Joint Services Wing of the National Defence Academy. He was unlucky in not reaching the summit on the day when it was attained by Sgt. Greenwood and Tensin, one of the outstanding Sherpa climbers. Greenwood admitted afterward that on top “he felt exhausted and quite unable to carry out his promise that if they ever succeeded he would do a hand stand on the summit.”