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Asia, Tibet, Shisha Pangma, Southwest Face Attempt

Shisha Pangma, Southwest Face Attempt. Catherine Destivelle and I left Kathmandu on August 24 and reached Nyalam the next day. We stayed there three days for acclimatization and to scout the route to the face. On August 29 and 30, we moved up to Base Camp at 5200 meters and spent more time for acclimatization. On September 6, we made our only camp at 6000 meters at the bottom of the Loretan route and climbed the next day to 6700 meters. On the 12th, we ascended and dug a snow cave at 7150 meters. On September 18, we climbed back to the snow cave, but since the weather was bad, we waited there for 24 hours. On September 20, we climbed to the 7950-meter col between the central and main summits but because of avalanche danger, descended from there.

Eric Decamp, Club Alpin Fran├žais