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Asia, Nepal, Lobuje East, West Pillar

Lobuje East, West Pillar. It was reported that Spaniards Manolo Miranda, Carlos Miguel and Eduard Sanchez followed a line to the left of one established in 1991 by American Eric Brand and Nepalese Norbu Sherpa on the lower half of the west pillar of Lobuje East (6119 m) to reach a prominent shoulder, where they established camp. They then moved to the right of the original route for most of the upper rock section. The upper ice arete, which is also shared by the original route, led directly to the summit and involved a pitch of 80 degrees. Altitude sickness inhibited Miranda early on, so only Miguel and Sanchez completed the route to the summit, which they reached on October 23, 1995. Of the 16 pitches of rock encountered, only one was aided; the rest went free at up to 6b+. (High Mountain Sports 167)