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Cerro Kishtwar – An Ice Cold Story

Director: Julian Zanker
Origin: Germany
Year of Production: 2018
Duration: 33 min

Back in 1992, Andy Perkins and Brendan Murphy tried the wall but had to retreat 100 metres below the summit. A year later, Mick Fowler and Steve Sustad climbed a line to the left and became the first team to reach the summit. The Kashmir mountains were then barred to foreign alpinists for several years, for military and political reasons. The ban was lifted early in 2010 and Stephan Siegrist, Denis Burdet, and David Lama made the first expedition into the region the following year to climb Cerro Kishtwar alpine style. They reached the summit, the second team ever, via the north-west side. Then in 2015 Hayden Kennedy, Marco Prezelj, Manu Pellisier, and Urban Novak climbed the east wall and were awarded the Piolet d`Or for their ascent.Siegrist had spotted a new line on the face, however, and was determined to attempt it, returning in 2017 with Thomas Huber and Julian Zanker. The plan was to climb alpine style but the difficulties were harder than expected – temperatures were below -20° C, and they encountered difficult technical climbing up to A3+. Let’s just say things didn’t go exactly according to plan.

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