Mountaineering expedition, Western Kokshall-Too Range,
Kyrgyzstan - 2009
A climbing expedition team will make some repeat and first
ascents on mountains in the Western Kokshall-Too Range in
Kyrgyzstan. The experienced expedition members (five British and
one Finnish) will attempt to make first ascents of the north ridge
of Kizil Asker (5,842m), the east and west faces’ of Ochre Walls,
the east face to north ridge and west face of Pik Sabor (4,850m),
and the west and south faces of Pik Ljosha (4,716m).
The team received £500 from the JWCT for the expedition in June
2009. Tom Bide, Carl Reilly, Graeme Schofield, David Gladwyn, Tom
Stewart and Urpu Hapuoja will travel to the region in August 2009.
Tom Stewart, expedition leader, explained that “this grant has
made a big difference to us and we are extremely grateful.”
The expedition also plans to attempt some of the more technical
routes on previously climbed peaks which form the southern
boundary of the Fersmana glacier: Pik Neizvestniy (5,240m),
Zastava (5,010m), Granitsa (5,370m) and Pogranichnik (5,220m).
Tom Stewart, the expedition leader,
wrote briefly to the JWCT:
“I have now returned from
Kyrgyzstan, where we had an extremely successful trip. We got back on
Sunday and are now recovering as we are very much lighter than when
we left. We managed a three day ascent of the North Ridge of Kizil Asker,
which we hope to name 'Scuplture's Peak' after the amazing rock sculpture
on the route. The route will be named the Stewart / Gladwin ridge after
its first ascentionists. We also managed another new route and one variation.
It was an amazing adventure, to an amazing country.”