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Asia, India, Garhwal, Arwa Tower, First Ascent and Arwa Spire, First Attempt

Arwa Tower, First Ascent and Arwa Spire, First Attempt. From May 7-14, Britons Mick Fowler and Steve Sustad climbed the Northwest Face (VI 5b A3 Scottish V/VI, 1000m) of the Arwa Tower (6352m), making the first ascent of the peak in the process. An account of their climb appears earlier in this journal. Meanwhile, Crag Jones and Kenton Cool attempted two lines on the north side of the unclimbed Arwa Spire (6193m) in May. Firstly, an attempt was made via the icefield leading up to the left of the summit tower, but deep powder on very hard ice caused a retreat. An alternative mixed line further left was then tried. Deep powder overlying steep smooth rock slabs again led to a retreat.

Caradoc “Crag” Jones, Wales