|Important news flash: Grivel North America have reported that the Americans Steve House and Vince Anderson have ascended a new route up the famous and immense Rupal Face on Nanga Parbat (8125m). |
Details are scarce at the moment and the following press release is currently all there is to go on: "Six days up and two days to descend, pure alpine style. Very difficult to recover during the effort and the summit day lasted 24 hours. The pair is in base camp recovering before starting the long trip back to civilization. Bravo."
House had made a previous attempt at the Rupal Face in 2004 with Bruce Miller (abandoned just 600m below the summit) a month prior to his solitary ascent of K7, which earned him the Spectators Award at the Piolet d'Or.
Almost 5000m high, Nanga Parbat's Rupal Face is widely considered one of the hardest in the world and was first climbed by Rheinhold and Günther Messner in 1970. As many will remember, the two mountaineers were forced into an epic, and tragic, descent along the Diamir face, which cost Günther Messner his life.
The mountain which was first climbed solo in 1953 by Hermann Buhl has now received a major new line at the hands of House and Anderson. While we wait for more detailed reports to emerge we're sure of one thing: knowing House and the difficulty of the ninth highest mountain in the world, theirs is certainly a great ascent!
Photo Steve House