Qionglai Range, Various Ascents. In late August, 1997,I returned to the Siguniang Shan area of the Qionglai Range, on the eastern edge of the Tibetan Plateau. I had previously visited and climbed in this area (see 1996 AAJ, p. 310). Accompanied by Joanne Jeske, I hiked up the Changping Valley and revisited a base camp I had used in 1994. Then, I had climbed two of three peaks in a group north of the main Siguniang massif. On this occasion I made a solo ascent of the third peak, via the south ridge, which was mostly rock scrambling. This peak, at about 5700 meters, appears to be the highest of the three. I descended the same way. In the future this whole area should become very popular with climbers, as there are unlimited possibilities for rock and alpine routes on fairly low-altitude peaks, and with very easy access from the city of Chengdu. Indeed, many routes have now been done here.
Charlie Fowler, unaffiliated