Huber Abandons North Face of Latok I

The North Face of Latok I from Base Camp. Photo: Tom Livingstone

Thomas Huber, along with fellow German Rainer Treppte, Italian Simon Gietl and French camerman Yannick Boisennot have abandoned plans to climb the North Face of Latok I (7,145 meters).

The international team had flown out to the Karakorum at the end of August in the hopes that the post-monsoon season would bring favourable conditions.

To acclimatise the quartet climbed nearby Panmah Kangri (6,406 meters) and then set their sights on Latok III as a warm-up to the main event. Speaking to blogger Stefan Nestler, Huber said initial forays onto Latok III started well: “We climbed up to Camp 1 at 5,700 meters and then down again. We calculated three days if everything went well and the conditions were good”.

Thomas Huber, Simon Gietl, Rainer Treppte and Yannick Boissenot (Right to Left). Photo: Thomas Huber

However good conditions were short lived as the weather changed keeping the summit under cloud for three weeks. When the weather finally cleared they were halted at Camp I due to heavy snowfall.

Panmah Kangri (6,406 meters). Photo: Thomas Huber

When the team headed over to have a look at the North Face of Latok I they found the wall plastered in snow and spindrift avalanches, and in a state they considered unclimbeable. At this point they called off any plans of getting on the wall. Huber said: “The North Face seems invincible. If you go there, you have to say ‚Good-bye life‘ – and then touch and go!”.

It’s been a busy year on Latok I. A South Korean team were avalanched off the North Face, a Russian team met with tragedy, and Tom Livingstone and co. sumitted via the North side.


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About the Author

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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