The always reliable MountEverest.net has posted this story about Park Young-Seok, a Korean climber who has alread topped out on all 14 8000m peaks. Park will be attempting a new route this Spring on the South-West face of Everest, in the hopes of putting up a new line on that daunting, dangerous, and technically demanding face. As of right now, there are only two other routes up that side of the mountain.
Park, who had to be rescued from the Bearing Strait just last week, hopes to complete the climb in honor of the 30th Anniversary of the first successful Korean summit. Aside from climbing the 14 8-thousanders, he became the first man to complete the “Adventure Grand Slam” by also walking to the North and South Poles, as well as completing the Seven Summits.
It should be interesting to watch this climb and follow the updates. It will certainly be demanding, as only Chris Bonnington’s 1975 team and a 1982 Russian team have managed to successfully put up new routes on this wall.
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