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Asia, Tibet, Qionglai Shan, Qionglai Range, Various Ascents

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