Fowler and Ramsden - Stunning Shiva

by Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor Nov/2012
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British climbers Mick Fowler and Paul Ramsden have nabbed a top class first ascent (again), this time in the Pangi region of Himachal Pradesh, India.

The mountain, Shiva, is 6,142m and the pair topped out via the previously unclimbed northeast ridge, reaching the summit on their seventh day away from basecamp.

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+Paul Ramsden (left) and Mick Fowler on the summit of Shiva, 146 kb
Paul Ramsden (left) and Mick Fowler on the summit of Shiva
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© Fowler/Ramsden Collection

Russian climber Andrey Muryshev, who gave the pair information on the area, told them in an email: "Frankly I cannot imagine how you will do it. Do you mean the north west buttress? It is c700m of climbing after the col and it is the north west side in October – all the rock will be frozen. From the other hand, the ice will be scarce as the buttress is very steep. So it will be very hard dry tooling and very hard protection... I am not even sure that anybody has climbed anything of the kind at this altitude ever in history. Still your idea inspires me."

There is more information on the route on the BMC Website

PHOTOS: Shiva

+Mick Fowler on Shiva, 118 kb
Mick Fowler on Shiva
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© Fowler/Ramsden Collection

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The Shiva Prow from the West
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© Andrey Muryshev

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The stunning mountain of Shiva 6,142m
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© Andrey Muryshev

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Technical climbing in excellent icy runnels
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© Fowler/Ramsden Collection

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Thin mixed climbing on granite
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© Fowler/Ramsden Collection


Mick Fowler is sponsored by Berghaus.

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