British Hispar Sar 2008
Although subject to several earlier attempts, Hispar Sar (c6,400m) remains unclimbed, but this man hoped to make its first ascent climbing solo via the south-west face couloir line attempted by Parkin and Yates in 2004 (MEF 04/14). To acclimatise, he made the first ascent of a nearby 5,684m peak which he named Emily Peak; he climbed the south-west face at AD-. Duits then turned his attention to Hispar Sar, his first attempt soon being abandoned due to a surprise snow storm. With the return of more stable weather conditions and climbing up to A1 IV/V, he then reached a high point of 6,000m in the couloir before encountering precarious slabs covered in unconsolidated snow, which forced a retreat.