Weekend Warm-Up: Nanga Parbat, First Georgian Ascent

Weekend Warm-Up: Nanga Parbat, First Georgian Ascent
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On July 3, 1953, a lonely climber reached the summit of Nanga Parbat for the first time. Approaching from the northern Rakhiot Face, which rises 7,000m in only 25km from the Indus River valley, the climber used no supplementary oxygen and had been on his own since his partner turned back. While his remarkable achievement was overshadowed by Hillary and Norgay’s conquest of Everest just 35 days before, his was just the third 8,000m peak ever summited, and the first without bottled O2. The summiter, Hermann Buhl, had succeeded where others — mainly fellow Germans — had failed and even lost their lives. No wonder that Nanga Parbat, whose Sanscrit name means the naked mountain, would instead become better known as The Killer Mountain. Nanga’s allure has never faded. It rises solitary over the Diamir Valley, where the normal route... .... Continue Reading at Explorers Web



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