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Asia, Pakistan, Tirich Mir, North-Northwest Face, Attempt

Tirich Mir, North-Northwest Face, Attempt. A seven-member Spanish Tirich Mir expedition led by Carlos Soria Fontan (56) made an unsuccessful attempt on the north-northwest face route on Tirich Mir (7706 m). The group was attempting to make the second Spanish ascent of the peak.

Stephen Boys from England, who teamed up with the Spanish team, said, “Too much deep snow above 6,500 meters stopped us from making further progress.”

Two members, Manuel Sanchez and Jose Carlos Llamas, managed to reach 7200 meters but fear of avalanches in knee-deep snow forced them to come down. The other three climbers were Angel Moreno, Santiago Martin and Jose Luis Hurtado. The group made Base Camp at 4800 meters, Camp I at 5750 meters, and Camp II at 6500 meters.

Asem Mustafa Awan, The Nation, Pakistan