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Nicholas Clinch Proved American Teams Could Make First Ascents Too

Nicholas Clinch Proved American Teams Could Make First Ascents Too

Despite a nickname that makes it seem diminutive, Hidden Peak soars to over 26,500 feet the Karakoram range in northeast Pakistan. It’s also the only 8,000-meter peak with a first ascent nabbed by an American climbing team. That drive got two men to the top of Hidden Peak in the spring of 1958, before anyone else: Pete Schoening and Andy Kauffman. As in: “The plane ticket cost me five squirrels.”In 2006, a peak near Mount Vinson, reaching 15,900 feet into the sky was named Clinch Peak. ***You can still find copies of Clinch’s account of the Hidden Peak climb, A Walk in the Sky: Climbing Hidden Peak.

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