American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Asia, India—Kumaon and Garhwal, Abi Gamin Ascent and Tragedy

  • Climbs And Expeditions
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  • Publication Year: 1993

Abi Gamin Ascent and Tragedy. An expedition of the Indian Corps of Engineers was led by Captain S.B. Vajramati. They set up Base Camp at Vasundahara Lake on September 12 and Camps I and II on the east Kamet Glacier at 6045 and 6450 meters. Camps III and IV were pitched at 6800 and 7100 meters in the third week of September. On September 27, Lance Naik Adiyapan and Captain Vinay Gupta set up a summit camp above Meade’s Col and climbed to the summit of Abi Gamin (7355 meters, 24,130 feet) the next day. On September 29, Lance Naiks S.P. Bhatt and Kulwant Singh, Subedar Kangaraj and Lieutenant Sundeep Lumba reached the top. While on the summit, Lumba fell and plunged thousands of feet to his death.

Kamal K. Guha, Editor, Himavanta, India

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