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Kojichuwa Valley Exploration

The second team visiting the Kojichuwa Valley, arriving as the Spanish were leaving, was the four-man British group of Nick Colton, Ed Douglas, Julian Freeman-Attwood, and Rob Greaves. In 2007 Colton and Freeman-Attwood had been part of a team that explored the neighboring Koji Valley and climbed two peaks on the frontier ridge west- southwest of Rongla South (AAJ 2008). In April ‘09 they established base camp lower in the valley than the Mallorcans and explored the area, climbing six small peaks of 4,900m-5,400m. The first two were on the south-east side of the lower main valley more or less opposite base camp, while the remaining four, including the smallest, lay farther up on the opposite side of the valley, and to the southwest of the Spanish base camp. One was a prominent rock peak climbed from the back, and the rest were on a ridge running northwest from this peak. It is possible the Mallorcans also climbed one of these. Some involved snow slopes; others were rough scrambles over snow-covered scree and broken rock. The team noted an excellent ice/mixed line on the west face of Mugu Chuli.

(from information provided by Nick Colton and Julian Freeman-Attwood)