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Asia, Pakistan, Nanga Parbat Range, Masherbrun Mountains, Shingu Charpa, First Ascent

Shingu Charpa, First Ascent. It was reported that Shin Dong-Chul, Bang Jung-Ho and Hwang Young-Soon, all of whom were part of the Korean team that attempted Amin Brakk in 1999, made the first ascent of Shingu Charpa (5600m) in July via the west face. After fixing 700 meters of an approach couloir to 4800 meters, the team started on the wall, encountering difficulties up to 5.11 A2 before summiting on July 23. Bad weather contributed to the threat of rockfall that endangered the route, particularly in the initial, lower-angled section. (See photo of Shingu Charpu on page v of this journal.) (High Mountain Sports 221)