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Asia, India–Garhwal, Bhagirathi III

Bhagirathi III. On June 6 Christian Bouvet, J-F. Lemoine, Guy Mervellec and I completed the third ascent of the Catalan route on the southwest buttress of Bhagirathi III. We made nine bivouacs, three of them in hammocks. We rappelled down the same route. The rock portion is comparable in difficulty to the Salathé route on El Capitan. The final mixed section was in excellent condition.

Pierre Faivre, Club Alpin Français