Americans Summit Jannu North Face!

One of the two American teams attempting Jannu is back in Base Camp with the best possible news: They’re all safe and have successfully summited the formidable north face.

Matt Cornell, Alan Rousseau, and Jackson Marvell reached the top of 7,710m Jannu on Friday, according to their outfitter, Grand Himalayan Treks & Expedition.

There are no details about this new alpine-style route in the Kangchenjunga region. However, Marvell received an $8,000 Cutting Edge Grant from the American Alpine Club for the project. Marvell and Rousseau were on their third consecutive attempt at this mighty face.

the climbers smile in bad weather and full alpinism clothes.

Jackson Marvell, left, and Alan Rousseau on Mt. Dickey, Alaska last year. Photo: American Alpine Club


We are also awaiting news about Sam Hennessey and Michael Gardner, the other two Americans on the Jannu permit. The American expedition was originally divided into two teams, and each would attempt a different route up Jannu. Hennessey and Gardner are targeting Jannu East. We will give details about that climb when we hear news.

Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides graduated university in journalism and specializes in high-altitude mountaineering and expedition news. She has been writing about climbing and mountaineering, adventure and outdoor sports for 20+ years.

Prior to that, Angela Benavides spent time at/worked at a number of local and international media. She is also experienced in outdoor-sport consultancy for sponsoring corporations, press manager and communication executive, and a published author.