Mick Fowler to attempt another Himalayan first ascent

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Leading British mountaineer Mick Fowler has announced details of his next major objective.  Setting out from the UK in mid-September, Fowler and Paul Ramsden will attempt a first ascent of the north face of Hagshu (6,515m) in the East Kishtwar region of the Indian Himalaya.  The expedition is being supported by Berghaus and the Mount Everest Foundation.

+Hagshu, Mick Fowler's recent objective, 131 kbHagshu (6,515m) dominating the skyline of the East Kishtwar region

During over 30 years of expeditions, Mick Fowler has many first ascents to his name and is a two time winner of the Piolet d’Or.  He has a full-time job and fits in his climbing trips around the work he does for HM Revenue and Customs.  For Hagshu, Fowler has assembled the same team that was successful on Shiva in 2012.  He will be accompanied by regular expedition partner Paul Ramsden, with Steve Burns and Ian Cartwright also climbing and providing essential back up.

Hagshu is to Kishtwar what the Matterhorn is to Zermatt.  According to the latest Indian survey, it is the highest peak in East Kishtwar, and after numerous attempts it was first climbed (twice) in 1989.  Despite many attempts since, there have been no further ascents.  The north face remains unclimbed and is renowned as a major outstanding mountaineering challenge in that part of the Himalaya. 

+Paul Ramsden (left) and Mick Fowler (right), 122 kbPaul Ramsden (left) and Mick Fowler (right)
© Mick Fowler
In the late 1980s/early 1990s, the north face of Hagshu was the target of several expeditions led by John Barry, ex SAS mountaineer and one time head of Plas-y-Brenin.  The high point of these trips was about half way up the face.  Regional political troubles effectively prevented access between 1993 and 2010.  Hagshu has been attempted at least three times since then with no success.

Mick Fowler comments:
“I first spotted Haghsu when making the first ascent of nearby Cerro Kishtwar in 1993 and was reminded what an eye catching peak it is last year while on Kishtwar Kailash with Paul.  This spectacular north face is now a plum objective in that part of the world and we are very pleased to have been promised a permit to attempt it by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation.”

The expedition will use the latest products from the Berghaus Extrem range, some of which Fowler helped to develop with the company’s MtnHaus® innovation team, including new designs featuring waterproof and breathable Hydroshell™ fabric.  Following the climb, as soon as the team is able to report back to Berghaus (which is likely to be around 12/13 October), news will appear on www.berghaus.com and be shared on social media platforms.

 

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