Back at the Civil Servant desk and 10% lighter than four weeks ago. That’s a good sign. It suggests I must have been enjoying myself somewhere high and wild.
Indeed I have. And the 20+ year old call of Hagshu has been answered. Paul Ramsden and I were successful in climbing the NE Face, traversing the mountain and descending the SE ridge.
Paul Ramsden & Mick Fowler selfie
In fact we had booked to climb the North Face but an apparent permit mix–up gave an opening to the Slovenian team of Marko Prezelj, Luka Lindie and Ales Cesen and they were already established on ‘our’ line by the time we were acclimatised and ready for action.
Not wishing to follow in their footsteps we chose the equally enticing NE Face. This proved pleasingly memorable and, together with a traverse of the mountain, gave a fine six day outing from base camp.
Paul climbing on day 3
And so, 25 years after the first ascent, Hagshu was climbed twice in the space of a few days. That’s four ascents to date, two within days of each other in 1989 and two within days of each other in 2014 – and all by different lines. Few mountains have such a curious ascent history.
Perfect bivi spot
And as seems to be becoming the norm Paul and I couldn’t help but spot other urge giving objective whilst on the Hagshu trip.
That’s becoming something of a habit. Kishtwar Kailash spotted from our ascent of Shiva in 2012, Hagshu’s presence reminded from Kishtwar Kailash in 2013 and now something else of interest spotted in 2014.
The Himalaya just keeps on giving. It’s a great time to be a Himalayan alpinist.
Mick on day 4
Basecamp and northern side of Hag