Kazakh shotguns bag Khan Tengri North Face direct

Posted: Aug 24, 2012 11:25 pm EDT

(Newsdesk) Kazakh climbers Vaso Pivtsov, Alex Sofrygin and Ildar Gabassov just successfully climbed a very difficult direct line on the North Face of Khan Tengri reports ExWeb contributor Andrey Verkhovod.

"The 3 km (ed note: almost 2 mile) steep line presents one of the most difficult walls in our region, and, probably, in the world of big walls overall," reports Andrey.

"The last successful climb of the wall was made in 2005, 7 years ago. All other attempts since then have failed."

A debrief with pictures is in the loop.

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The 3 km steep line presents one of the most difficult walls in the world.

Image by Alex Sofrygin courtesy Alex Sofrygin
Vaso Pivtsov...
...and Alex Sofrygin are familiar names at ExWeb, making their marks on peaks such as the great K2.

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