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Asia, Nepal, Kwangde Shar, North Face

Kwangde Shar, North Face. The French team of Samuel Beaugey, Christophe Profit, Andre Rhem and Jerome Ruby made an alpine-style ascent of the north face of Kwangde Shar (6093 m) from November 27-December 1. The 1300-meter, 38-pitch route, Extra Blue Sky, ascended the center of the face before joining the northeast ridge. The team encountered sections of rotten snow on rock, very thin and steep (up to 90°) ice, delicate mixed climbing and pure rock and ice pitches. They bivouacked three times on the wall (at 5400, 5600, and 5800 meters), then once more on the descent. (From the team itinerary)