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Africa, Kenya, Point Peter, Northwest Face

Point Peter, Northwest Face. It was reported that on March 15, Ulf Carlsson, Nicolas Ganzin and Ian Howell made the first ascent of the Northwest Face of Point Peter (4757m), a sharp granite spire below the north face of Mt. Kenya. The team took a direct line to the summit via a series of cracks and comers roughly in the center of the face. Most of the climbing was moderate. The crux was the penultimate pitch, a strenuous and awkward comer that went at HVS 5a/b. This trio and others active in the area reported an alarming disappearance of ice in the north-facing couloirs and on the Diamond Glacier, which was reduced to almost half its size. (High Mountain Sports 197)