Queenstowner Dare pushes for summit


Queenstown mountaineer Ben Dare has begun the final stages of his attempt to summit an unclimbed Himalayan peak.

The 29-year-old adventurer is one of a four-man Kiwi team on a first ascent expedition of Nepalese 6960-metre mountain Anidesha Chuli.

The team established a base camp at 4800m last Monday and then now pushed on to a third camp, Camp 2, at about 6000m.

“The team experienced lots of snow and wind over their first night at Camp 2,” reads the May 4 online update.

“It was still windy on the ridges yesterday and there had been an avalanche over the team’s route to Camp 2. The team wisely decided to let the conditions settle before venturing further.

“Today they are completing their final preparation for tomorrow when Scott [Blackford-Scheele] and Ben [Dare] plan to camp at East Ridge (approx 6500m).

“They will then make an attempt at reaching the summit over the next couple of days depending on conditions.

“Rob [Frost] and Andrei [van Dusschoten] will support by plugging steps and leaving gear at 6200m before descending to base camp.”

Dare told Mountain Scene last month that the team expects to be able to make about three summit attempts before returning to civilisation about May 20.

Anidesha Chuli, in the Ramtang Valley, is near Mt Kanchenjungh – the world’s third highest peak and 115km east of Everest.