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Asia, Nepal, Kangtega, Northeast Face, New Route

Kangtega, Northeast Face, New Route. A seven-man French team (Erwan Le Lann, Francois Marsigny, Sebastien Montaz-Rosset, Francois Pallendre, Franck Plenier, Hervé Qualizza, Sebastien Schell) summited 6779-meter Kangtega in the Everest region southwest of Ama Dablam by what they believe was an unclimbed route on its northeast face. All seven members, led by Francois Pallendre, scaled their very technical route on extremely steep thin ice with two precariously placed bivouacs on the way up.

Elizabeth Hawley