Another Nepal First Ascent for American Teamby Jack Geldard - Editor - UKC May/2009
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|UKC News) in the Rolwaling Himal, also in Nepal.
Joseph comments on his blog:
"It is with great happiness that David and I report the first ascent of Jobo Rinjang (6,778 meters) via the direct south face, in the Khumbu Region of Nepal, climbing alpine style over 6 days (from April 20 to April 25), summiting on April 22nd."
"We packed up our kit and left base camp in Lunag (5,050 meters) on April 20th. The first part of our journey was to cross the great confluence of the Nangpa La and Lunag Glaciers, then make our way west up the Lunag Glacier to the base of the face. The total distance was over 4 kilometres of very tedious (and perhaps dangerous) rubble-filled, boulder-shifting, ice and rock maze."
"As we got higher, the going got slower, mainly due to altitude and fatigue. We began to wonder if the ice would ever end. As the day wore on, the weather started changing for the worse, but we continued our ascent, and started pitching out some steeper sections."
"Above our bivy, the climbing changed from ice to our favourite: steep unconsolidated snow flutings. With no real protection or belays, we carefully worked our way up."
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