Here’s a short overview of the most interesting events that occurred in July 2019.



Iraq’s longest technical climb: Sulaymaniyah

Photo by Spencer Stewart from Pixabay

A new climbing route, “The Third Route of Destey Lutka, has been established in Northern Iraq. 

The route is over 75 metres in length, and has been conquered by Iraqis Siamand Ahmad, and Hawar Raza. Read more here



Indian Army Expedition to Chamser Kangri

Photo by Fancycrave

 Brigadier PS Punia of the Indian Army set off an expedition to Mount Chamser Kangri, in Eastern Ladakh, India. The peak stands at 22,000 feet above sea level and is considered to be a tough challenge. Read more here



Mt Kinabalu climbers dedicate challenge to Sarawak Day

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A group of journalists who completed their summit of Malaysia’s highest mountain – Mount Kinabalu during 10-11 July 2019, have decided to dedicate their victory to the upcoming ‘Sarawak Day’. Read more here



Former Miss Nepal summits Mont Blanc

Mont. Blanc, Photo by Tangopaso [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Shrinkhala Khatiwada, former Miss Nepal, conquered Mont Blanc on 23rd July 2019 in a bid to celebrate 70 years of diplomatic relations between Nepal and France.  Read more here



NIM mountaineers climb unscaled Mt Mumba

Photo by Stephan Seeber

A team of climbers from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering in India have successfully scaled the summit of Mount Mumba, a previously unclimbed peak on the Indo-China border. The team completed their challenge on 18 July 2019. Read more here



Rock climber dies while climbing in Sandia Mountains

Photo by Djordje Petrovic

 A rock climber died while climbing the Clandestine wall, falling about 140 feet in the Sandia Mountains. His fall seems to have occured due to an equipment malfunction. Read more here


Indian mountaineers scale Garhwal Himalayan peak

Photo by Ales Krivec

Three climbers, Stanzin Youthog, Manik Slathia, and Ambreen Fatima have scaled the peak  Draupati Ka Danda in the Garhwal Himalayas as part of a selection camp for a Pre Everest Expedition.

The selection camp was organized by Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF), from 9th-30th June 2019. Read more here



Dee Molenaar awarded Lifetime Achievement Award 

Photo by John-Mark Smith

Dee Molenaar, a climbing legend who recently celebrated his 101st birthday has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by The Mountaineers in Burlington, USA. Read more here



Utah man dies while rock climbing in Alaska

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Evan Millsap from Utah died while rock climbing in the Denali National Park, Alaska. It is understood that the rope system failed while he was rappelling downwards and fell about 70 feet. Read more here



German woman dies in climbing accident

Photo by Florian Maderebner

ROME — A 55-year-old German woman has died after falling into a crevasse on the Forni glacier in Italy’s northern Lombardy region. The woman was a part of a team which was participating in a rescue training session. Read more here



After an ‘overcrowded’ Everest season, two climbers try to forge a new route

Photo by Pavel Novak [CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons
Climbers Cory Richards and Esteban Mena, tried to set out a new route on Mount Everest, keeping in mind the infamous traffic jam that occured earlier this year on the world’s highest peak. They turned back due to the difficult weather conditions without achieving their feat. Despite this being the newest route in over 10 years, it is not the first – there are approximately 20 routes to summit Mt. Everest, with the most recent being established in 2009 by a Korean team. Most climbers however tend to prefer one of the two main routes as they are well known with fewer surprises. Read more here



Austin Howell dies in North Carolina while climbing free solo

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Free solo climber Austin Howell fell while climbing in North Carolina.

He was climbing in the Linville Gorge, and was pronounced dead soon after rescuers reached his body. Read more here



Mountaineers felicitated for their efforts in Nepal

Photo by Pavel Novak [CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

Climbers Gyanendra Kumar Shrestha, Tshiring Tandu Sherpa, Maya Sherpa, icefall doctor Dr Ang Sarki Sherpa, and South Korean mountaineer and social worker Um Hong Gill were felicitated with the ‘Prakash Dahal Sagarmatha Samman-2076’ in recognition of their efforts to promote mountaineering in Nepal. Read more here


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