Kennedy, Dempster Climb Ogre

Third ascent of notoriously difficult peak

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Baintha Brakk from the air.     Photo: ISS Earthkam

American climbers Kyle Dempster and Hayden Kennedy made the third ascent of Baintha Brakk in Pakistan, climbing a new line up the peak's south face. "Six months ago I wondered if pulling off two big mountains in Pakistan was more than we could chew, but we did indeed pull it off," Dempster wrote in an email, referring to his and Kennedy's ascent of K7 earlier this summer with Urban Novak. Also known as the Ogre, Baintha Brakk was first climbed in 1977 by Chris Bonington and Doug Scott, both of who broke bones on the descent. The second ascent of the 23,900-foot peak didn't come until 2011, when Urs Stocker, Iwan Wolf, and Thomas Huber climbed the mountain's South Pillar route.

Via Planet Mountain

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