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In addition to the French climbers’ attempts, this line had been tried twice by Julie Ann Clyma and Roger Payne, who experienced a darker side of the peak. During their first attempt, in 1999, they were hit by three avalanches at their third bivouac, and the following year they had another storm and were attempting to descend when the sun came out and triggered avalanches that temporarily buried Clyma at the end of her belay rope; both were unharmed, but they were forced to climb back to their bivy and retreat the next day in colder temperatures. For their successful attempt, Graziani and Trommsdorff benefited from six days of beautiful weather.
Date of Ascent: Summit reached June 12, 2007
Sources: Christian Trommsdorff, Roger Payne, American Alpine Journal