Team Makes K7 East Face First Ascent

Climbers Kennedy, Dempster, and Novak

Kyle Dempster, Siguiang Shan Mountains

Kyle Dempster, Siguiang Shan Mountains, Sichuan, China     Photo: Andrew Burr

Hayden Kennedy, Kyle Dempster, and Urban Novak have made the first ascent of the east face of K7, enduring an open bivouac on their way to the top of the 22,753-foot peak in Pakistan's Charakusa Valley. The American-Slovenian team took three days to get to the top of the peak, enduring deep snow and climbing difficult mixed terrain en route. Kennedy and Dempster attempted the east face in 2011, but encountered difficulties and ended up making the first ascent of nearby Hassan Peak instead. Novak was a member of a Slovenian expedition that made the third ascent of K7 via its northwest face last summer, though he wasn't part of the summit team.

Via Rock and Ice

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