Women´s Team Pioneers Pakistani Free Route

by Dougald MacDonald The Anglo-Canadian team of Luisa Giles, Sarah Hart, and Jacqueline Hudson has established a 3,000-foot free route on a 17,000-foot rock spire near the base of Latok III in Pakistan. The three women completed The Partition (TD 5.10b, 900 meters) on their third attempt in a three-day round trip from base camp on the Choktoi Glacier. The trio climbed the east face of the right-hand of two twin buttresses, with 19 pitches and about 300 meters of simul-climbing. They opted to end their climb at a subpeak, about 100 horizontal meters away from the highest point, because the traverse to the slightly higher peak would have required loose, unpleasant climbing and a different descent than planned.Read the full report by Dougald MacDonald at Climbing.com. ( Source: Climbing magazine )