American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Gaurishankar (7,135m), Southwest Face Attempt

Asia, Nepal, Rolwaling Himal

  • Climbs And Expeditions
  • Author: Elizabeth Hawley, Richard Salisbury
  • Climb Year: N/A
  • Publication Year: 2012

Germans David Goettler, Stefan Glowacz, and Klaus Fengler hoped to climb a new line on the southwest face. Approaching via the Tengmarnag Gorge, they established Camp 2, in early May, at 5,050m at the foot of the face. Above, unconsolidated loose snow over wet and unprotectable rock made them abandon the climb after trying two separate lines, climbing only one pitch on each. They realized that, in the prevailing conditions, they stood no chance of climbing the face. The summit has been reached only three times, always by the southwest face.

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