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Asia, India—Himachal Pradesh, Brammah I, Ski Descent

Brammah I, Ski Descent. Our expedition was composed of Emmanuel Rossi, Dr. Jean-Marie Rossi, Denis Favre, Jean-Pierre Susini, Guy Bartschi, Jacques Simon and me as leader. The purpose of the expedition was to make and film an extreme ski descent. We were looking for more technical difficulties than just those from the altitude. Brammah I presents a snow slope of more than 2000 meters which averages at least 55°. We made our approach in seven days and established three camps above Base Camp. We climbed the Brammah Glacier and ascended to the col between Flat Top and Brammah and up the south ridge. I skied the southeast face on June 26. I did not start from the summit but rather some 200 meters lower since the top was unskiable. The first 800 meters were particularly demanding. Halfway down, I had to rappel some 35 feet, where I again found myself on a 55° slope of loose, rotten, wet snow on ice, which was very treacherous. There was much ice and narrow icy gullies. The descent to Base Camp took me six hours.

Dominique Neuenschwander, Club Alpin Suisse