Baruntse, West Pillar

Nepal, Mahalangur Himal Makalu-Barun Section
Author: Elizabeth Hawley. Climb Year: 1995. Publication Year: 1996.

Baruntse, West Pillar. A team of eleven Russians led by Sergei Efimov crossed an icefall southwest of the summit and climbed the previously unattempted 850-meter West Pillar to the summit (7129 meters), encountering 65° to 75° mixed rock and ice. They descended the normal route on the southeast ridge, which they had earlier climbed to 6500 meters.

Elizabeth Hawley

Editor's Note: A fuller account of this climb was published in AAJ 2022. A complete report can be found in the archives of the Alpine Journal (U.K.), available online.