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Asia, India, Western Garhwal, Gangotri, Shivling (6543m), First Ski Descent

Shivling (6543m), first ski descent. Emmanuel Ratouis led a three-member team, which reached the summit via the west ridge in a 20-hour push from base camp over May 7-8. Ratouis then made the first ski descent of the mountain. Apart from an 80-meter section which he rappelled, he skied all the way, negotiating slopes up to 55 degrees. He took off his skis just 10 minutes walk above base camp. Two other expeditions also summited via the west ridge during the spring.

Harish Kapadia, Honorary Editor, The Himalayan Journal