South Wales/Irish Himalayan
Gangstang (6705m) and others
The expedition was conceived as small, lightweight and simple. Preparatory work was kept to the minimum, and as much food and equipment as possible was bought in India. We sent out about 70kg of food and climbing equipment by air freight, and carried the rest ourselves (this necessitated carrying pockets full of karabiners and pegs which gave the screening devices at London Airport something to buzz about, and nearly caused us to miss the plane). On the return we managed to carry everything with us.
The Indian Government provided us with a liaison officer, Capt. I.P. Singh of the Indian Artillery.
The expedition suffered a very severe loss when Se Billane, one of the originators of the expedition was killed while climbing at Fair Head in April 1977.