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Bend Climber Claims First Ascent in the Himalaya

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Chris Wright on a climb last winter
  • Chris Wright on a climb last winter
This past Friday Bend's Chris Wright, a local climbing guide, and partner Geoff Unger topped on what they suspect is a first ascent on the Lunag Massif in the Khumbu Himal region of Southeast Asia.
The pair were climbing fast and light in alpine style on the 5,777 meter peak (18,953 feet) and called the 350-meter route (1,148 feet) "WI4/M3."
That's pretty hard. "WI" is a water ice rating and a WI4 grade translates to near-vercial ice climbing. "M" is a grade for mixed rock and ice climbing and M3 is said to feel like 5.7 rock climbing. Remember though, that this is at nearly 19,000 feet in the bitter cold in the middle of nowhere. That's burly.

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