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Asia, U.S.S.R., Pik Stalin, East Face, Pamirs

Pik Stalin, East Face, Pamirs. A group of 42 foreigners and 50 climbers from all parts of the U.S.S.R. met at a 11,650-foot Base Camp in the Altai valley at the northern foot of 23,407-foot Pik Lenin. Most climbed the usual western or northeastern routes, but there were two fatalities. From July 26 to August 7 two Russians from Leningrad, Jury Ustinov and Oleg Borisenok, and the Bavarians, Toni Hiebeler and Michael Schneider, made the first ascent of the east face of Pik Lenin. They were seven days on the actual face. Alpinismus of November, 1969 has a fine picture and fuller account.