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Ruiche Gongga (5,928m), South-Southwest Face

A 23-member expedition, led by Kim Kyu-tae and sponsored by the GyeongBuk Alpine Federation, left Korea on July 22 and arrived at base camp (4,200m), on the west side of the range, on the 27th. At 2:30 p.m. on August 11 seven members reached the summit by a new route on the south-southwest face. This was the third ascent of the mountain (AAJ 2009). The following day another two climbers summited. The successful members were Ahn Sang-hun, Bae Chang-su, Baek Jong-deuk, Gwon Gyeong-yeon, Jang Heon-mu, Lee Myeong-hee, Mo Young-man, Oh Sang-go, and Park Jae-seok. The ascent was made in semi-alpine style, but no grade or specific route details have been disclosed. The team evacuated base camp on the 18th.

Peter Jensen-Choi, Corean Alpine Club