Weekend Warm-Up: Nyainqentangla South East

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Paul Ramsden traversing a snow slope. Photo: Nick Bullock.

British mountaineers Nick Bullock and Paul Ramsden were awarded a Piolet d’Or – or “Golden Axe” – for their first ascent of the North Buttress of Nyainqentangla South East in Tibet in October 2016. The Piolet d’Or is the Oscar of the mountaineering world. Paul Ramsden now has four of them!

Bullock and Ramsden made the first ascent of a 1,600m route up the North Buttress of Nyainqêntanglha’s South East Face (7,046m) in Tibet, over seven days.

This was their very first project together, which is remarkable considering they were climbing alpine style on a very committed route in a virtually unknown valley!

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Ash Routen

Ash Routen

Ash is an outdoor and adventure writer with a PhD in Exercise Science. He lives in the UK and has also written for Rock and Ice, Outside, UK Climbing etc. He recently led a 634km foot crossing of a frozen Lake Baikal in Siberia. See more at www.ashrouten.com.

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Eddy De Wilde
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I love this film, these guys are so typically British, self deprecating, completely honest and open about their hardships. No ego’s no bragging so refreshing, good work fellows