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Asia, India—Kumaon and Garhwal, Nilkanth Attempt

Nilkanth Attempt. In October, four of us Scots attempted the long, challenging southeast ridge of Nilkanth (6596 meters, 21,640 feet), previously tried by British and American expeditions. From Advance Base at 5000 meters, south of the ridge, we crossed three major pinnacles during six days of relatively fine weather and got to the snow col between the third and fourth pinnacles. We had much loose rock and snow-covered sections. We retreated because of the objective dangers and the very committing nature of the ridge.

Graham Little, Scottish Mountaineering Club