There was some good news from the Karakorum today, as Eneko Pou, Iker Pou and Fay Manners have announced that they’ve completed a new route on Trango II. The trio said they’ll share more information within the coming days.
The trio have been climbing in the Trango group for over a month, with their first new route being The First Minister, a 205-metre 5.10 up a previously unclimbed rock spire. “We opened a very beautiful and high-quality new route,” they said after their first ascent.
Trango II (6,327 m) is the major peak immediately north of the Trango Towers massif where a few noteworthy climbs have taken place over the past 20 years. One of those climbs was back in 2006, when Samuel Johnson, Jonathon Clearwater and Jeremy Frimer ade the first ascent of a 1,600-metre ridge on its southwest side and named it Severance Ridge, grading it VI 5.11 A2 AI3 M5. Their climb lasted five days.
While there’s no word yet about the line or difficulties faced by the Pou brothers and Manners, we know they were gone for at least two days. This is the first new route on Trango II in some time. We’ll have more details once they’re available. For now, be sure to follow all three on social media.