British explore remote Garhwal Valley

by Lindsay Griffin – BMC A peak in the Garwhal region of India This is an excerpt from the report by Lindsay Griffin on the BMC Website Thisautumn a four-member team of like-minded friends from the Alpine Clubbecame the first climbers to explore the head of the little-known ObraValley, an area of sub-6,000m peaks west of theBandarpunch-Swargarohini Group in India´s far Western Garhwal. Derek Buckle, TotoGronlund, Martin Scott and Bill Thurston made a three-day trek to ascenic grassy base camp at 4,055m, arriving in early October. The middle reaches of the Obra are dominated by the splendid icyRanglana (5,554m).The fine, corniced, snow arête forming the North West Ridge of the lower 5,760m looked eminently climbable. Caching some gear, thefour descended to a lower camp, aiming to get established on the colthe following day. After ploughing through deep avalanche-prone snow for less than100m above the col, they realized it wasn´t going to happen. ( Source: BMC )