Anne Gilbert Chase, Chantel Astorga and Jason Thompson establish a new route on Nilkantha’s southwest face.
In 2015, I traveled to the Garwhal Himalaya in northern India with my wife Anne Gilbert Chase and Caro North to climb 21,640-foot Mount Nilkantha. After three days of climbing on the west ridge, we bailed in an electrical storm 1,000 feet from the summit.
Two years later, Anne Gilbert, Chantel Astorga and I established a new route on Nilkantha’s southwest face. We spent five days climbing the 4,593-foot snow, ice and granite mountainside, and named our route “Obscured Perception.”
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