First Ascent – Kunyang Chhish East
A short story by director Matteo Vettorel about chopped fingers, friendship and joy at the first successful ascent of Kunyang Chhish East in Pakistan. Hansjörg Auer, Matthias Auer and Simon Anthamatten climbed in original alpine style and reached the steep, inaccessible summit on 18 July 2013.
Italian director Matteo Vettorel created a story about chopped fingers, friendship and joy at the first successful ascent of Kunyang Chhish East. Austrian climbers Hansjörg Auer, Matthias Auer, together with Swiss climber Simon Anthamatten, climbed to the summit in line with the rules of original alpine style. The three men took up the challenge of surviving on the 7,400 m mountain in the Karakoram Mountains of Pakistan. In 2014, this short documentary won the Alpinism category of the Graz mountain film festival (Austria) and the first prize of the film festival in St. Anton (Austria).
The Kunyang Chhish massif has five peaks. These mountaintops rise kilometres above their surroundings, with steep and jagged profiles. Kunyang Chhish East lies two kilometres from the highest peak and is linked to it by a long mountain pass. The 2,700-metre-high south-western flank had never been conquered: previous expeditions had been forced to give up, often due to the tough weather conditions. The ascent by the Austrian-Swiss team, which reached the summit on 18 July 2013, was nominated for the French mountaineering award Piolet d’Or.
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