North of England Kishtwar 1978
The expedition’s main aim was to scale Barnaj II, a major unclimbed peak in the eastern part of the Kishtwar Himalaya in northern India. Previous attempts on this peak had failed primarily due to bad weather. Our own did so entirely as a result of a lack of time. For various reasons including mis-directed baggage, stolen money, stolen passports and the bookings of homeward flights,two of us arrived at base camp with only eight days left before the deadline for leaving. In these circumstances there was no alternative to a single alpine-style push; despite the virtual impossibility of acclimatising sufficiently it seemed better to try this than do nothing. The mountain calls for climbing at a continuously high altitude; the approach is trying and dangerous and a successful ascent would probably entail a good build-up of supplies high on the mountain. Given the time to realise this and attain acclimatisation it can certainly be climbed by a rope of two. However, besides the attempt on Barnaj II,the expedition did succeed in climbing two nearby virgin summits and almost reached the top of a third. Considerable exploratory mountaineering was done byp^pp before the expedi tion and Lindsay Griffin afterwards.