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Asia, India, Central Garhwal, Arwa Tower and Arwa Spires, Various New Routes

Arwa Tower and Arwa Spires, various new routes. A French expedition led by Antoine de Choudens (with 11 members) climbed the recently discovered Arwa Tower (6,352m) by two different routes. First they established base camp on May 4 at the foot of this peak, and climbed the south face. Then another team climbed the northwest face. The East Summit of the Arwa Spires (6,132m) was also climbed in a three-day push via the original British route. (See “Arwa Tower, Spire, and Crest,” earlier in this Journal for a more complete report.)

Harish Kapadia, Honorary Editor, The Himalayan Journal