Chulu West, South-Southwest Face
Nepal, Damodar Himal
Italian Carlo Stratta and Dawa Lama Sherpa made two new routes (one to the summit) on the south-southwest face of Chulu West on October 7 and 8. They left Base Camp at 4300 meters at 10:30 P.M. and by the light of headlamps climbed a 450-meter-high icefall with some sections up to 90°. They then ascended for 1000 meters the very steep central rib of the left buttress of the face. At six A.M., they reached the top of the shoulder. After a short rest, they rappelled down the rocks that divide the left wall from the central couloir. Back at the foot of the face, they climbed the central couloir back up to the top of the shoulder. They continued on to the summit of Chulu West (6419 meters, 21,059 feet), which they reached at five P.M. They were back in Base Camp at 8:18 P.M.
Luciano Ghigo, Centro Italiano Studio Documentazione