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Asia, Kyrgyzstan, Ak Sai – Ala Archa, Pik Box (4,242m), Central Buttress of East Face, New Route

Pik Box (4,242m), central buttress of east face, new route. Pik Box is popular for climbing. There are two classic routes: 4A on the northern wall (Aytbaeva, 1956), and 5B “The Balloon” (Mikhaylov, 1997) on the left side of the northern wall. In 15 hours of non-stop climbing, Vitalius Chepelenko and I ascended a new route on the eastern wall on September 16, proposed a difficulty rating of 4B. The vertical gain is 700m, and the length of the climb is 1,300m.

Ivan Pugachev, Kyrgyzstan, adapted from www.mountain.ru