American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Asia, India-Garhwal, Gangotri I Ascent and Tragedy

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  • Publication Year: 1987

Gangotri I Ascent and Tragedy. A Polish women’s expedition consisted of Ewa Kalinowska, leader, Dr. Danuta Kasiura, Jolanta Patysnowska, me and one male member, Marek Bumblis. We climbed Gangotri I (6672 meters, 21,890 feet) by a new route, from the southwest. Base Camp and Advance Base were established at 4500 and 5000 meters. A 500-meter rock rib was fixed with rope. On the glacier above the rock rib, we set up four camps, the last at 6200 meters beneath the southwest col. A steep snow-and-ice slope led to the col and from there to the top of the mountain. The summit was reached on October 12 by Kalinowska, Patysnowska, Bumblis and me. Tragically, during the descent Ewa Kalinowska was killed on October 15.

Anna Bruzdowicz-Dudek, Klub Wysokogórski, Poland

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