Kunyang Chhish East - Southwest Face - 2013
Simon Anthamatten, Hansjörg Auer and Matthias Auer have made the first ascent of Kunyang Chhish East (7400m) in the Karakoram mountains, Pakistan - one of the last great problems in world alpinism.
First ascent of Kunyang Chhish East ( 7400m )
18 July 2013
Climbed by Hansjörg Auer, Matthias Auer, Simon Anthamatten
Nominated for the Piolets d'Or 2014
Simon Anthamatten from Switzerland and brothers Hansjörg and Matthias Auer from Austria have made the first ascent of Kunyang Chhish East, in the Hispar area of Pakistan's Karakoram mountains.
Their successful ascent of the southwest face was the third attempt in the course of the expedition. Simon Anthamatten and Hansjörg Auer abandoned their first attempt when a storm developed during their third day on the route. Fresh snow and avalanches defeated a second attempt by the two climbers.
Matthias Auer was unable to participate in these efforts due to acclimatisation problems and injury.
Anthamatten and the two Auer brothers began a third attempt on 14 July. After three days climbing, high winds and spindrift forced the climbers to wait for two days in the shelter of a crevasse. On 18 July they continued to the summit.
The southwest face of Kunyang Chhish East has seen several previous attempts, Kunyang Chhish East, including an attempt by US climbers Steve House and Vince Anderson who were forced to turn back about 300m below the summit in 2006.
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Kunyang Chhish East, Hispar Muztagh, Pakistan
N 36° 11′ 48.876″ W 75° 13′ 35.3244″