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Asia, Pakistan, Nanga Parbat Range, Baltoro Muztagh, Cat's Ears Spire, Hainabrakk East Tower, and Shipton Spire, Ascents

Cat’s Ears Spire, Hainabrakk East Tower, and Shipton Spire, Ascents. In July and August, Mike Pennings and Jonathan Copp took advantage of brief weather windows and a lightweight approach to climb three routes, two of which were new and one of which was the first ascent of a peak. From July 15–17, the pair made the first ascent of Cat’s Ears Spire (ca. 18,800') via the route Freebird (VI 5.1 1d A1, 3,500'); from July 26–28 they established the new route Tague it to the Top (VI 5.11 C2, 3,700') on the east face of Hainabrakk East Tower (ca. 19,024') for the second ascent of the peak; and on Shipton Spire (a.k.a. Hainabrakk Central Tower, 19,700'), they made the second ascent of the route Inshallah (VII 5.12 A1, 4,300') from August 4–6. A full account of their expedition appears earlier in this journal.