Churen Himal West - Princess Cecile Line - 2012
Marco Camandona, François Cazzanelli and Emrik Favre have completed a new route on the west face of Churen Himal, in Nepal's Dhaulagiri Massif
Churen Himal West ( 7371m )
First ascent of Princess Cecile Line
Route completed without continuing to the summit
1200m, TD+, 45°-70°, 4+/5+
15 October 2012
Climbed by Marco Camandona, François Cazzanelli, Emrik Favre
Other members of the expedition: Adriano Favre, Alain Marguerettaz, Sete Sherpa
Marco Camandona, François Cazzanelli and Emrik Favre have completed a new route on the west face of Churen Himal, in Nepal's Dhaulagiri Massif. The route is called "Princess Cecile Line" in honour of Marco Camandona's grand-daughter and finishes at the 7000m fore-summit of Churen Himal West (7371m). An injury to team member Alain Marguerettaz prevented the expedition from reaching the main summit of the mountain.
The route is 1200m long with a crux of steep, hard-to-protect mixed climbing at around 6700m. Camandona, Cazzanelli and Favre reached the top of the route on 15 October, leaving fixed ropes on some sections, and then descended. The team then planned to re-ascend the route, continue to the main summit of Churen Himal West, and then make an ambitious traverse onwards to the central and east tops of Churen Himal.
Adriano Favre, Marco Camandona, Alain Marguerettaz and Sete Sherpa began the re-ascent of the route on 19 October. Favre gave up the ascent that evening and descended. Marguerettaz descended before dawn the next morning, leaving Marco Camandona and Sete Sherpa to continue. At around 4am, hearing calls for help from below, they began a rapid descent and found that Marguerettaz had fallen and broken a femur. He was evacuated by helicopter and taken to hospital in Kathmandu.
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Churen Himal West, Nepal
N 28° 43′ 53.8104″ W 83° 12′ 35.4528″