American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Asia, India-Garhwal, Shivling Northwest Face Attempt

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  • Publication Year: 1983

Shivling Northwest Face Attempt. Tony Bedel, Dominique Julien and I had hoped to climb the 4000-foot-high northwest face of Shivling. We placed our tent at 17,725 feet above the bergschrund from which we thought we could make the climb in three days with good weather. The difficulties seemed essentially those of ice and to be greatest in the upper 2000 feet: 1000 feet of ice drapery on very steep slabs, followed by an icefall, and finally a wide couloir and chimney that leads to the summit. The weather, however, was atrocious. We did not have two successive good days in the whole month. Avalanches of heavy snow were frequent. We could make no serious attempt.

Bernard Domenech, Club Alpin Français

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