New route on Tengkang Poche’s North West Face

Nick Bullock and Nick Carter have climbed a new route on the 1600m North West Face of Tengkang Poche (6500m) in Nepal's Khumbu region, over three days this October. The North West Face has been described as a huge version of the North Face of the Droites. The pair started at 2am on 23 October and simu-soloed through the first night, following deep runnels furrowed by spindrift and hemmed in by rock walls. The runnels had regular steps of Scottish Grade III and were interspersed with snow slopes of Scottish grade II, much resembling Tower Gully on Ben Nevis but on a grand scale. Above, the slope opened out and they encountered some steep steps of approximately 65-70° more

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