Here’s a short overview of the most interesting events that occurred in July 2019.
Iraq’s longest technical climb: Sulaymaniyah
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Before we go:
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