Saser Kangri II—The Descent
AAC President Steve Swenson was evacuated from Advanced Base Camp after difficulty breathing. He has recovered quickly and completely and sent us a number of reports on his, Mark Richey’s, and Freddie Wilkinson’s successful ascent of Saser Kangri II. We’ve reposted parts of these reports here.
After I had a sleepless night of hacking and coughing, we packed up the bivy and started rappelling down the wall. Unfortunately on our first rappel yesterday we dislodged a loose rock that fell down the wall and chopped one of our ropes about 40 feet from one end. Fortunately Mark, who went first, noticed it and didn’t rappel off the end of the one rope where it was cut. To enable us to do full length double rope rappels down the wall, we tied a knot in the one rope to attach the 40 foot piece that was cut off. This meant that everyone had to pass this knot around their rappel device each time.
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