North Wales 'Great Walls of China' 2002
Although the Qionglai Range of mountains in Sichuan Province lies in an easily accessible National Park much visited by local tourists, it has received little previous interest from mountaineers. This team planned to explore the area, and attempt rock routes on two of the many unclimbed peaks. Donnithorne and Richardson climbed an 8-pitch pinnacle with pitches up to E3 on one of these, but retreated without going to the summit due to storms and snow. Meanwhile, Turner and Thomas reached a col at c.5,000m and began climbing a ridge above but were also forced to retreat, leaving equipment in place for a return visit.