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Asia, CIS, Little Iskander and Pik Domaskaya, Ak Su

Little Iskander and Pik Domaskaya, Ak Su. Fabrizio Defrancesco, Stefano Nicolussi and I climbed above the Ak Su valley in July. After a two-day approach, we set up Base Camp at 2800 meters on June 30. We were attracted to the 750-meter-high face of Little Iskander (4520 meters, 14,830 feet). On July 2 and 3, we carried material to the foot of the wall. On the night of the 5th, we bivouacked 500 meters below the foot of the face and set out in the dark on July 6. We climbed free cracks and dihedrals to complete the new route (UIAA VI) at three P.M. Defrancesco later soloed a new route (VI+) on the west face of Pik Domaskaya.

Paolo Borgonova, Club Alpino Italiano