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Asia, India—Kumaon and Garhwal, Shivling

Shivling. An eight-man commercial French team led by Gilles Buisson and Jean-Pierre Frachon and organized by Atalante completed the first French ascent of Shivling. On September 3, Frachon, Christian Carre, Peter Bruijs and Alain Crocombette reached the summit (6543 meters, 21,467 feet) via the west ridge by which the mountain was first ascended in 1974 by Indians. Base Camp was reached on August 23. They established Camps I, II and III at 5100, 5400 and 5850 meters and fixed 1500 meters of rope.

Harish Kapadia, Editor, Himalayan Journal