American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Papsura, West Face, Variation and First Ski Descent of Peak

India, Himalchal Pradesh, Kullu Valley

  • Climbs And Expeditions
  • Climb Year: 2017
  • Publication Year: 2018

In May, Americans Chris Figenshau, Jim Morrison, and Hilaree O’Neill climbed a variation start to the 1991 New Zealand route up the west face couloir on Papsura (6,461m) and then skied back down it, completing the first ski descent of the mountain. They chose to approach the couloir from the right, as this presented far less objective hazard, and then joined the New Zealand route at around one-third height and followed it to the top.

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