In an expedition supported by Berghaus, they climbed the mountain by a route on the north face in a six day push, and then descended to base camp over two days, via the west ridge and north flank.
Mick Fowler (left) and Paul Ramsden during their Gave Ding expedition
Gave Ding is located in one of the remotest regions of Nepal, in a valley that had never previously been visited by westerners. Mick Fowler spotted the mountain during an earlier expedition in the area and started planning his 2015 trip. Once they had secured the necessary permits, Fowler and Ramsden left the UK at the end of September. They were supported during the climb by Steve Burns and Ian Cartwright.
Mick Fowler tackles challenging mixed ground on day three on Gave Ding
Mick Fowler and Paul Ramsden reached the summit of Gave Ding, a 6,571m peak in far west Nepal, on Thursday 22 October. They climbed the mountain by a route graded ED Sup, on the north face in a six day push, and then descended to base camp over two days, via the west ridge and north flank. Along with their support team of Steve Burns and Ian Cartwright, Fowler and Ramsden were the first westerners to ever set foot in the valley where the mountain is located. To reach the valley, the team drove for 14 hours from Kathmandu, flew to a mountain airstrip and then trekked for four days to a base camp at 4,500m. They had intended to have a higher base camp but their mules were unable to manage the difficult terrain beyond 4,500m.
After returning to regional administrative capital Simikot, Fowler today reported that he and Ramsden had made the first ascent of Gave Ding, in a brief message sent to Berghaus. He stated that this was one of the best trips that they had ever experienced, adding: “My happiness bubble is close to bursting.”
Mick Fowler on day three of his climb of Gave Ding
Mick Fowler high up on Gave Ding
Mick Fowler approaches the summit of Gave Ding
Mick Fowler commented “The Gave Ding trip was absolutely brilliant – it couldn't have been better really. The approach and ethnic action were great, we were the first westerners to see the face, and it was as inspiring as we could have hoped. The mountain was unclimbed and the route gave safe, hard climbing on an eye catching line that led straight to summit, followed by an aesthetically pleasing different descent route. And the whole thing was a real adventure in that we were operating on gut instinct more than any detailed information. Retrospective pleasure is enveloping us nicely.”
Climbing in temperatures as low as -30 degrees Celsius, Fowler and Ramsden tested prototypes of products that will be part of the all new Berghaus Extrem range for autumn/winter 2016.
A blog written by Mick Fowler in September, anticipating the trip ahead, can be found here.
All photos courtesy of Berghaus