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Exercise Tiger Parbat is a high altitude development expedition in September and October 2014 which aims to develop a broad cross section of the AMA in high altitude mountaineering. Charlie Sykes will take a further 14 mountaineers to the Nepal Himalaya where they plan to attempt a number of mountains around 6000m high. From over 120 initial applicants and following six months of training a final team of15 plus 4 reserves was selected at the beginning of May. The team had a final training weekend at the beginning of June before heading off to the Italian Alps a few of weeks later, for a 10-day Mission Rehearsal Exercise.

The main body of the expedition will deploy to Nepal on 23rd September where after a couple of days in Kathmandu it will head to Lukla and then trek to the Gokyoregion of the Khumbu Himalaya. The final two team members will fly to Kathmandu on 27th September and should catch up the main team in Namche bazaar by the 30 September. The expeditions first objective is to attempt the twin peaks of Abi as acclimatisation training.  The team will establish a base camp off the route from Cho la and spend around a week climbing on the peaks of Cholo (6,097 m) and Kangchung (6,063 m) which are collectively known as Mt Abi.

The team will then head back through Gokyo and move to the main objective, Kyajo Ri (6186m). The team are expecting to find technical mixed climbing of Scottish grade II/III between 5200m and 5700m and again higher up on the final push to the summit at around 6000m. It is hoped to climb it all alpine style in small teams, although the team will take some rope for fixing difficult sections if necessary.

Details of how the team are getting on will be put in the blog page as and when communications are available.  For more information on the expedition please e-mail Phil Carrotte at himalaya2014@gmail.com

 

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