Himalaya Update: unclimbed lower peaks, Nanga winter newcomers, Pakistan quake, Nuptse

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Rundown on current events
A magnitude-7.5 earthquake hit remote areas of Pakistan on Monday. BBC reports more than 360 people are known to have died, most of them in Pakistan, and at least 2,000 were injured.

According to a FB post Elisabeth Revol and Tomek Mackiewicz are coming back for a Nanga Parbat attempt this winter, bringing along Arsalan Ahmed Ansari, editor of the Northmen blog.

Also returning for the peak’s first virgin winter summit are Ali Sadpara and Daniele Nardi, this year joined by Janusz Golab and Ferran Latorre.

Nepal 8000ers:

It may be over at Nuptse: According to his blog Ueli Steck and Colin Haley made a dash up earlier this week with newcomers Ben Guigonnet and Helias Millerioux. The lot made it up to a bivy at 6,900m where the weather turned foul. The next morning, “It was obvious we’d be heading down rather than towards the summit,” Ueli wrote, adding, “C’est la vie.”

Unclimbed, lower peaks:

According to Russianclimb, last month Aleksander Gukov, Ivan Dozhdev, Valeriy Shamalo and Ruslan Kirichenko made a first ascent of Thulagi Chuli (7059m) in the Nepalese Himalaya.

Red Bull posted that Jon Griffith and Andy Houseman summited unclimbed Link Sar West (7041m) in Pakistan.

Bill Burke & co are still on the approaching trek to the unclimbed Burke Khang (6,742 meters).

Going for unclimbed Saldim Ri 6343m, Luke Smithwick & friends are acclimatizing with a hike into base camp via the Kongma Danda.

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