Lobsang Spire, Attempt. Two hundred meters of hard technical climbing denied a multinational group of young climbers the second ascent of Lobsang Spire (5700 m). The group leader, James Howel (24) from Britain, and his team attempted the south face of this rock pinnacle, which presented 400 meters of 100-degree climbing, but were turned back from the face by bad weather and insufficient amount of food. The group progressed slowly from 5300 meters, covering one rope length (60 meters) a day due to the overhang. They halted at 5500 meters at the base of comer system.
The team was Micah Jessup (20, U.S.), Dave Martin (24, U.S.), Ethan Jessup (26, U.S.), Marco Kupiainen (24, Sweden), Mohammad Ibran, guide, and Mohammad Ismail, cook.
Asem Mustafa Awan, The Nation, Pakistan