Here’s your Friday stoke report from the American Alpine Journal Online. Get excited!
Cho Polu (6,700m)—On his second attempt, Corominas was finally able to summit the peak, which was first attempted by Sir Edmund Hillary.
Kanti Himal, Gojung (6,310m)—The indomitable Mick Fowler and his partner added to the area’s sparse climbing history by making an ascent of a likely unclimbed peak; it was probably first attempted in 2008.
Pangbuk Ri (6,716m, Schneider map; 6,625m, HMG-Finn)—Gottlieb and Kellogg claimed the first ascent of Pangbuk Ri (By an awesomely named route: Ghost Ride the Whip); their climb wasn’t over even after they descended to the base of the mountain: they still had a 16km hike in the middle of the night to make it back to their camp.
Kvaloya Island, Blammanen (861m)—Despite enduring the dirtbag’s nightmare—working every day, all summer—Klarstrom had the good sense to do his climbing in a part of the world where the sun stays up all night, making it possible for him to free climb five routes on Blammanen.
And another from Kvaloya Island, Blammanen (861m)—The previously unclimbed Bongo Bar was Dave Macleod’s inspiration for visiting Norway; it took some encouragement from the locals to get him onto the route.