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Asia, India, Garhwal, Shivling, Direct North Ridge

Shivling, Direct North Ridge. A two-member team comprising Thomas and Alexander Huber were in the Garhwal to climb a direct finish to the north ridge of Shivling (6543m). When Alexander fell ill early in the expedition, Thomas teamed up with Iwan Wolf, a member of a Swiss expedition to the mountain. On May 31, the two completed Shiva’s Line (7 A4 70°, 400 meters), a direct finish via the headwall of a line climbed in part by the Japanese (1980) and Hans Kammerlander and Christophe Hainz (1993). The entire route is graded 7 A4 M6, 1443 meters. The climb received the 2001 Piolet d’Or award. A full account of the expedition appears earlier in this journal.