American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Asia, Pakistan, Latok Attempt

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  • Publication Year: 1995

Latok Attempt. Benden Murphy and I made two alpine-style attempts on the Lowe route on Latok’s north ridge between long spells of heavy snow. On September 4, our first attempt ended after a day of climbing and a bivouac at 5300 meters when snow began again. During the descent, Murphy was injured by rockfall. On the 15th, we started again and again bivouacked at 5300 meters, the site of the Lowe-Destivelle tent. The following day, we reached 5600 meters in deteriorating weather before descending to the battered Lowe-Destivelle tent, which gave us some protection. We safely completed the descent the following day. It snowed every day until we departed on September 23.

David Wills, Alpine Club

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