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Asia, India–Kashmir and Jammu, Nun Attempt

Nun Attempt. Paul Clark, Ted Kerasote, Larry McDonnell, Doug Rovira and I attempted the Czech ridge of Nun (7135 meters, 23,410 feet) from June 19 to July 5. Climbing alpine-style and without Sherpas, we were about to begin our summit bid when a severe storm, during which it even rained in Leh, created extreme avalanche hazard. Lacking the time and energy to wait out a return to stable conditions, we turned our attention to D41 (5758 meters, 18,892 feet) on our way home. An intense storm stopped us near the top and a slab avalanche nearly ruined our day on the descent.

James Balog, Unaffiliated