Peak performance by Linlithgow man

A British Expedition led by Douglas Briton has made the first ascent of Cha Ri (6046m) in the Jammu and Kashmir Himalaya. Climbers Caroline McCann and Matthew Jones summited on 24th August 2013 and all three are now back in Leh.''The team had been given official approval by the Indian Government to explore the unvisited mountain range, which they have christened Kang Yabat after the glacier at the head of the valley, and to attempt one of the peaks in that range.''After two years of planning the mountaineers set up base camp in the village of Gya, the ancient capital of the kingdom of Ladakh. From here the team began their exploration of the Yabat valley, assisted by a local horseman. It took five days to reach the foot of the glacier where they established advanced base camp. The camp was an oasis of safety amongst constant rockfalls and landslides from the surrounding peaks and glaciers.''The party undertook useful reconnaissance on the glacial approaches to the mountain which helped them to ascertain the s
A British Expedition led by Douglas Briton has made the first ascent of Cha Ri (6046m) in the Jammu and Kashmir Himalaya. Climbers Caroline McCann and Matthew Jones summited on 24th August 2013 and all three are now back in Leh.''The team had been given official approval by the Indian Government to explore the unvisited mountain range, which they have christened Kang Yabat after the glacier at the head of the valley, and to attempt one of the peaks in that range.''After two years of planning the mountaineers set up base camp in the village of Gya, the ancient capital of the kingdom of Ladakh. From here the team began their exploration of the Yabat valley, assisted by a local horseman. It took five days to reach the foot of the glacier where they established advanced base camp. The camp was an oasis of safety amongst constant rockfalls and landslides from the surrounding peaks and glaciers.''The party undertook useful reconnaissance on the glacial approaches to the mountain which helped them to ascertain the s
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A Linlithgow climber has conquered a previously virgin peak whilst on an expedition to India.

Douglas Briton (52), of Sheriffs Park, led a three-person team to a previously unnamed 6000m peak close to Ladakh in the Himalayas last month.

It was the unknown nature of the region that inspired Douglas to take on the challenge.

He said: “This peak has never been done before - that was part of the buzz. It was breaking new ground.

“With a lot of exploratory trips, people like to get to the top. But with this kind of expedition you have no idea if you will even get to the mountain, let alone get to the top. But this is something you have to embrace.”

He added: “It can be dangerous with the risk of rockfalls and landslides.”

Douglas is not a stranger to hikes, discovering the passion as a youngster with his parents, before exploring the Pyrennees, Norway and Italy with his wife Hazel.

But despite the experience of Douglas and teammates Caroline McCann and Matt Jones, the trip to the top was not without drama.

Douglas said: “We could have rain, hail and snow in one day. Towards the end of the trip we had a severe hail storm - you could feel the ground moving and when we made it back to the road we found bits of it had been washed away.”

He added: “If you were 
inexperienced, you could make a decision that would make the difference between success and failure, but we built in time to acclimatise and we took things very gradually.”

The team named the peak Cha Ri, meaning Mountain of the Flying Bird, after a 
lammergeier was seen circling the mountain on most days.

Douglas’s next adventure will be to Nepal in December with World Challenge.