Kusum Kanguru - southwest face - 2013
In October 2013 Alexander Ruchkin and Slava Ivanov made the first ascent of the southwest face of Kusum Kanguru, in the Khumbu area of the Nepal Himalaya.
Kusum Kanguru ( 6367m )
First ascent of southwest face
Himalaya, Khumbu Nepal
1600m, 6a (Russian)
19 October 2013
Climbed by Alexander Ruchkin, Slava Ivanov
Alexander Ruchkin and Slava Ivanov have made the first ascent of the southwest face of Kusum Kanguru, in the Khumbu area of the Nepal Himalaya. They climbed the route alpine style in 9 days, hampered by very poor weather. At the summit they ran out of food and fuel. The descent took a further 4 days - three of them with nothing to drink - and resulted in the pair becoming lost amongst forest and gorges. They were eventually evacuated by helicopter.
Their ascent route, which they named "Falling into the void", involved serious and poorly protected climbing with difficulties up to Russian grade 6a.
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Kusum Kanguru, Khumbu, Nepal
N 27° 43′ 50.8548″ W 86° 47′ 19.4676″