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Asia, Tibet, Lobuche Kang II, First Ascent

Lobuche Kang II, First Ascent. A Swiss party from Neuchatel established Base Camp at 5300 meters. Camp I was above the difficult 400-meter-high serac barrier at 5750 meters, Camp II was at 6300 meters on the col between Lobuche Kang I (7367 meters) and II (7072 meters). Heavy snow and dangerous crevasses complicated the route. The steep and not easy east ridge (55° ice) was fixed with 1000 meters of rope (800 meters in vertical rise). All members of the team were able to reach the virgin summit (7072 meters). Members of the team were: Heinz Hiigli (leader), Carole Milz (deputy leader), Christian Meillard, Andre Muller, Simon Perritaz, Thierry Bionda, Andre Geiser, Doris Liischer, Pierre Robert and Dominique Gouzi. Labuche Kang I was first climbed in 1987 by a joint Sino-Japanese expedition.

Józef Nyka, Editor, Taternik, Poland