David Gottlieb and Chad Kellogg on the summit of Nepal's Pangbuk Ri (6716m)
UKC News, Dec 2011
© Chad Kellogg / http://www.humanedgetech.com American alpinists David Gottlieb and Chad Kellogg have made what is thought to be the first ascent of Nepal's Pangbuk Ri (6716m). The pair climbed in a single push, summiting via the south face after around twenty six hours of climbing. The descent took them a further twenty four hours.
The route (VI, AI5, M5,1400m) was a defining moment in Kellogg's climbing:
"A 50 hour push is the longest climbing push either of us has done to date. I am thankful to have put up such a demanding line on the South Face, and equally thankful that we were able to descend safely under our own power back to base camp in a single push. This climb defined high altitude climbing minimalism for David and I. I hope that we can continue to push our limits safely in the mountain and put up more beautiful climbs on other unclimbed peaks of the world."