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First Ascent, the Kunyang Chhish East film featuring Simon Anthamatten, Matthias and Hansjörg Auer

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The film First Ascent is now available on demand, documenting Austria’s Hansjörg Auer and Matthias Auer and Switzerland’s Simon Anthamatten climbing the hitherto virgin Kunyang Chhish East in Karakoram (Pakistan) in July 2013.



Take a 7400m high mountain, extremely difficult and despite various attempts still unclimbed. Add the fact that it is regarded by many as "one of the great remaining problems in the Karakoram", and that a small team of talented alpinists has its sights on it. These, in short, are the perfect ingredients for a great mountaineering story. The mountain is called Kunyang Chhish East. The three alpinists are Switzerland’s Simon Anthamatten and the Austrian brothers Matthias Auer and Hansjörg Auer. After two failed attempts, improper acclimatisation and a long storm at altitude, the trio dig deep into their energy reserves and give it one last try

This is the gripping story of First Ascent, the award-winning film directed by Milena Holzknecht, Alessandro Bandinelli and Matteo Vettorel of Storyteller Labs that retraces this important ascent carried out in 2013. A year later the climb was nominated for the Piolet d’Or and won the 2014 Karl Unterkircher Award. This film, not to be missed, is now available on demand.

Awards
First Prize - Sankt Anton film festival
Winner Alpinismus & Expeditionen - Graz Film Festival
Parkstad Jury Award - Dutch Mountain Film Festival
Official Selection Trento Film Festival
Official Selection - Banff Film Festival
Official Selection - Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
Official Selection Ulju Film Festival - Korea

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Interview with Hansjörg Auer and Simon Anthamatten after the historic first ascent of Kunyang Chhish East, Karakorum, Pakistan, carried out in July 2013 together with Matthias Auer up the formidable SW Face.
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On Wednesday, July 23 at Selva di Val Gardena, Dolomites, the 3rd Karl Unterkircher Award 2014 was given to Simon Anthamatten, Matthias Auer and Hansjörg Auer for their first ascent of the East Face of Kunyang Chhish, Karakorum / Pakistan.
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Kunyang Chhish East, Karakoram: first ascent by Simon Anthamatten, Hansjörg Auer and Matthias Auer
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Kunyang Chhish East, Karakoram: first ascent by Simon Anthamatten, Hansjörg Auer and Matthias Auer
On 18 July 2013 Simon Anthamatten from Switzerland and the Austrian brothers Hansjörg Auer and Matthias Auer successfully climbed the hitherto virgin peak Kunyang Chhish East in Pakistan's Karakorum.

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