Pyramid Peak, Attempt. The Australian Pyramid Peak Expedition consisted of seven climbers (Darren Miller, leader; James Serie, Gavin Dunmall, Nicola Sunderland, Scott Welch, Jon Chapman, Morvan Grant) with the aim to make the first ascent of this 7125-meter peak (which lies north of Kangchenjunga) from the Nepal side. The mountain had been climbed by the Japanese from the Sikkim side, but as yet had not had an ascent from the Nepal side. This was to be the first attempt granted by the Nepal Ministry of Tourism.
Base Camp (Pangpema) was reached on October 8 after a 15-day approach march. The route attempted was the west (south) ridge. Advance Base Camp and Camps I, II and III were established up to October 20, at which time a cold front consisting of high winds and then snow prevented further progress. The highest point reached was 6350 meters on October 22 by Gavin Dunmall and Jon Chapman. Base Camp was disbanded on October 28.
Darren Miller, Australia