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NEWSFLASH - Sersank North Buttress summited by Fowler & Saunders

© Victor Saunders/Mick Fowler

More good news from The Greater Ranges - British mountaineers Mick Fowler and Victor Saunders have succeeded in their attempt on the previously unclimbed North Buttress of Sersank (6100m) in the Indian Himalaya, on their first expedition together since 1987. The pair spent five days on the climb and eight days in total from base camp to base camp.

Mick and Victor's message to Berghaus  © Berghaus
Mick and Victor's message to Berghaus
© Berghaus

Regular climbing partners in the 80s, Mick and Victor became known for their exploits in the Scottish mountains, notably for climbing Shield Direct on Ben Nevis, which was the first to be graded VI in a Scottish guide book. Further afield in the Himalaya, the pair made the first ascent of the Golden Pillar of Spantik (Pakistan) in 1987.

In 2015, Chamonix-based mountaineer and interpreter Eric Vola compiled sections of books by both climbers and merged them into ‘Les Tribulations de Mick et Vic' - published in France and winner of the Grand Prix at the Passy Book Festival. The book provided an impetus for a reunion expedition.

Victor Saunders and Mick Fowler on the summit of Spantik in 1987  © Victor Saunders/Mick Fowler
Victor Saunders and Mick Fowler on the summit of Spantik in 1987
© Victor Saunders/Mick Fowler

Speaking before leaving for Sersank, Mick commented:

'Working with Eric on the book brought Vic and me back together again and reminded us that we haven’t climbed as a team for far too long. That sowed the seeds for this year’s Himalayan reunion trip and we are both looking forward to this latest adventure with great anticipation. Attempting a first ascent in a remote location with an old friend – what’s not to get excited about?'

More information to follow upon their return...

Read Mick's 10 day outline plan for the climb on the Berghaus website.

Mick is sponsored by: Berghaus


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10 Oct, 2016
' Legend' is used far too much these days but there isn't a better term for these two.
10 Oct, 2016
Well done for using the lesser-spotted term 'greater ranges'. I look forward to seeing a future newsflash that includes the word 'lassitude'. Oh, and well done those two, spirit of Tilman still alive, etc etc. T.
10 Oct, 2016
Great effort Mick + Victor Even reaching base camp over the Sersank la would be hard enough for most I look forward to reading the full story Enjoy the trout in Manali
13 Oct, 2016
Having gone over the Sersank La in the opposite direction, I can second that notion. Great effort, look forward to hearing more details in the coming weeks!
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