The British team of Mick Fowler and Paul Ramsden have climbed the first ascent of the North Face of Sulamar 5380m on the Xuelian massif in China. The team’s original objective was to climb the north-west ridge of Xuelian East, but challenging conditions forced them to switch objectives. The pair was drawn to the North Face of Sulamar, a peak that was first climbed in 2008 by the Americans Bruce Normand, Guy McKinnon and Paul Knott.
Climbing in alpine style, Fowler and Ramsden summited after days on the route.
Fowler and Ramsden were awarded the Piolet d’Or in 2002 for their first ascent of the Central Couloir on Siguniang’s North Face, China.
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