Steck, Anthamatten Bag the North Face of Teng Kang Poche

by Katrina Mohr On April 24, Swiss climbers Ueli Steck and Simon Anthamatten made the first ascent of Teng Kang Poche´s (6487m) northwest face, Khumbu Valley, Nepal. Checkmate (VI M7+ or M6 A0, 85 degrees, 2000m), completed wholly in alpine style, marks the first success of the pair´s expedition to Nepalese Himalaya this spring; Steck and Anthamatten´s main objective is to establish a new route on the notoriously steep and dangerous south face of Annapurna I. Last year Steck´s solo effort on Annapurna was cut short on May 21 when rockfall sent him on a 300-meter fall to the base of the south face. He miraculously survived……. Full report and photos at the Alpinist Website. ( Source: Alpinist )