/ PRESS RELEASE: Mick and Vic vow a return to Chombu after weather frustrates them

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On Chungukang North - not the usual victorious selfie, but a probable unclimbed summit nonetheless Appalling weather conditions have foiled Mick Fowler and Victor Saunders during their latest Himalayan expedition. After a cancer diagnosis for Mick had delayed his long-held dream to climb the mountain, he set out with Vic on a trip sponsored by Berghaus, to attempt a first ascent of Chombu, a 6,362m peak in the Sikkim Himalaya, India. However, on arrival in the remote area where the mountain is located, they were met with the aftermath of what locals claimed were the heaviest winter snowfalls since 1995, and then by persistent fresh snow and warm conditions at base camp, and the attendant high risk of avalanches.

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leon 1 on 14:43 Fri
In reply to UKC Gear: Utter respect not just for the attempt but also for dealing with and talking about a difficult issue.

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Trangia on 16:23 Fri
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Huge respect to Mick for his courage and determination for climbing in such difficult conditions with a colostomy bag. Very best of luck with the weather and for their planned return to the mountain.

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Timmd on 23:15 Sun
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I find Mick Fowler inspiring in his determination to carry on mountaineering, and in his lighthearted approach when talking about serious things, it might be called 'very English', but I find it inspiring towards forging on, which we all have to do in different ways.

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