Ukrainians Pick Plum in Karakoram

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Ukrainians Pick Plum in Karakoram

A Ukrainian trio has climbed the much-sought north ridge of 18,373-foot Shingu Charpa in the Karakoram Range of Pakistan. Veteran Himalayan climber Igor Chaplinsky, along with Andrey Rodlontsev and Orest Verbitsky, climbed the nearly 5,000-foot rock ridge in a five-day round trip, according to www.mountain.ru.

The north ridge of Shingu Charpa is a dramatic granite knife-edge plunging into the Nangma Valley. It was first attempted in 2001 by an American quartet that climbed more than 20 pitches before retreating. In 2004, a Canadian team pushed the line another couple of pitches to reach about the halfway point on the ridge. This year, Americans Kelly Cordes and Josh Wharton won several major grants to attempt the ridge, and they currently are in the Karakoram; it is not known if they have attempted Shingu Charpa or have switched objectives.Comment on this story