Alpine-Style New Route on Jannu

by Dougald MacDonald Valery Babanov and Sergey Kofanov have completed the northwest buttress of 7,710-meter Jannu in Nepal in a superb alpine-style ascent. The two men reached the summit on October 21 after eight days of climbing slowed by high winds. The new line, attempted by French teams in 1994 and 1998, climbs Jannu?s north face to a saddle below the northwestern pillar, then climbs the very steep ridgeline to the top. The pair planned to descend via their route. Read the full report by Dougald MacDonald at Climbing.com ( Source: Climbing magazine )