Japanese Complete Coveted North Face of Kalanka


News Link: Japanese climbers Kazuaki Amano, Fumitaka Ichimura, and Yusuke Sato have climbed the north face of Kalanka (6,931 meters/22,740 feet) in India’s Garhwal Himalaya. The face’s central spur had seen several strong attempts, including three by teams with American climbers. This month, the Japanese trio’s alpine-style ascent of the 6,000-foot route won the Asian Piolet d’Or. See Lindsay Griffin’s report at the BMC website for more details and a photo of the face. 

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