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British Ardang Expedition

After waiting out a few days' storm at their first planned objective on peaks south of Nying Khola, the team ultimately decided to move on rather than wait for more settled weather. They hiked over to Ardang (6,034m) where they were looking to make an attempt on the mountain’s north face and north east ridge. After setting their high camp at 4,650m, they twice tried to make an approach but were forced to turn back on both occasions. The first time, after slow progress in waist deep snow they retreated but were able to drop equipment at 5,100m in preparation for their next attempt. This saw them make a further 300m on the route to where a rocky rib began ahead. However, here they encountered a section of avalanche-prone snow just prior to the rib. Concluding that they could not cross this safely, they were forced to turn back and trekked back over the Nyalu La, getting in a couple of days ice climbing in Salli Khola before returning to Simikot.

October - December 2019
Emily Ward and Mark Bielby

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