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 Routen is an outdoor and adventure writer from the UK specialising in adventurous travel and expeditions, such as mountaineering, polar travel, and ocean crossings. Ash juggles a day job as a public health scientist with this second career in outdoor writing.

His words have featured in national newspapers, national and international outdoor and adventure magazines, and various websites. Bylines include Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, Outside Magazine, Rock and Ice, and Red Bull.

Alongside writing, Ash also spends some time undertaking his own adventures, and completed a 640 km foot crossing of a frozen Lake Baikal in 2018. His next arctic journey is a 700 km trek along the coast of Baffin Island in Canada.

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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