American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Mt. Grosvenor (6,376m), Northwest Face Direct, Attempt

Asia, China, Daxu Shan

  • Climbs And Expeditions
  • Author: Christine Pae
  • Climb Year: 2009
  • Publication Year: 2010

Three Korean climbers, Ahn Chi-young, Heo Young-cheol and Yun Young-Joon, from the Wand Alpine Club attempted the northwest face of Grosvenor from March 31 to April 21. They retreated from ca 5,600m in the central couloir that leads directly to the summit. This was the line attempted in spring 2003 by Andy Cave and Mick Fowler, who retreated from a point slightly higher than the Koreans when faced with a loose and protectionless slanting groove choked with powder snow. The mountain was climbed later in the year for its only ascent by Julie-Ann Clyma and Roger Payne, who followed a much shorter line on the far right side of the face to gain the west ridge.

Christine Pae, Korea, and Peter Jenson-Choi, Corean Alpine Club and AAC.

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