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Introduction/Overview

Two expeditions are known to have climbed 7,492m Noshaq by the “normal route” up the west ridge. Summiting on August 4 were Tim Wood and local guide Aziz Beg, Wood becoming the first Australian to climb the mountain. A third member, Tony Simms, stopped 200m below the top. The team left base camp (4,400m) on July 25 and spent 10 days establishing camps before making their summit attempt. Arriving at base camp on August 4 was a seven-member Polish team. They made two camps on the ridge—at 6,200m and 6,800m—and on the 13th Krzysztof Garolyna and Krzysztof Mularski reached the main summit. These are the sixth and seventh known ascents of the country’s highest mountain since before the Soviet invasion.

In 2010 Mularski had attempted Noshaq, reaching 7,200m with Jakub Rybicki before retreating.