MOST SUMMITS OF PREVIOUSLY UNCLIMBED MOUNTAINS IN TIBET
63 Peaks in 23 Days
CHANG TANG REGION OF TIBET
Burch traveled to previously unexplored regions of the Chang Tang in Tibet, and reached a record 63 summits of unclimbed high-altitude mountains in 23 days. Burch netted over 100,000 ft. of vertical gain in the midst of facing mountaineering hazards such as avalanches, crevasses, weather, and rockslides. Burch also confronted unforeseen obstacles as dremo (wild bears), wild dogs, and a botched robbery attempt at knifepoint by nomads. The peaks ranged in altitude from 16 - 19,000ft, and Burch spent an average 16 hours a day climbing for the 23 days.
When asked why this expedition appealed to him, Burch responded, “The attraction of reaching the summit of an unclimbed peak makes me feel like Neil Armstrong stepping on the moon. No one has ever been there before. This is true 21st century exploration.”
Burch raised awareness and funds for the non-profit organization ASK (The Association for the Support of Children with Cancer).