K6 West - North-West Face - 2013

Canadian climbers Rafael Slawinski and Ian Welsted have made the first ascent of K6 West, in the Charakusa Valley of Pakistan's Karakoram mountains.

First ascent of K6 West ( 7040m )

North-West Face

Karakoram, Pakistan

29 July 2013

Climbed by Rafael Slawinski, Ian Welsted

Joint winner of the Piolets d'Or 2014

Canadian climbers Rafael Slawinski and Ian Welsted have made the first ascent of K6 West, in the Charakusa Valley of Pakistan's Karakoram mountains.

They climbed it via a steep icefall and a hanging valley exposed to avalanches. They found the face itself relatively free from objective dangers. Their line followed an ice streak, mostly at 55-60°, but with a short overhanging section at about 6000m. They started climbing on 26 July and reached the summit on 29 July.

K6 West had previously rebuffed several attempts by strong teams.

The ascent won Welstead and Slawinski the 2014 Piolet d'Or award, shared with Ueli Steck for his solo ascent of the south face of Annapurna.

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Mountain Facts

K6 West, Charakusa Valley, Pakistan

N 35° 25′ 26.2668″ W 76° 32′ 9.8988″

Elevation: 7040m

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