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Asia, Commonwealth of Independent States, Khan Tengri, Attempt, Tragedy, and New Route

Khan Tengri, Attempt, Tragedy, and New Route. It was reported that Yuri Krasnoukhov was attempting the standard route on Khan Tengri in mid-August, 1997, and while climbing from the CIII ice cave to the summit fell down the south flank and died. D. Komarov and V. Shamalo climbed up on August 17 to locate the body via the Southwest Face. They found Krasnoukhov’s body, then continued on to the summit via a new route. The crux proved to be steep slabs on the upper part of the route, which was graded 5B. The climb placed third in the Russian championships. (High Mountain Sports 188)