Lobuche East

I rappel off the lip of a crevasse near the summit of Lobuche East to collect snow and ice samples of the thinning Himalayan glaciers

I rappel off the lip of a crevasse near the summit of Lobuche East to collect snow and ice samples of the thinning Himalayan glaciers

Just trying to knock these out in a few separate posts. Here are a few more pictures and stories from our acclimatization ascent…

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Sunset from Lobuche summit camp

One interesting twist in my climb was that I’ve continued to work with Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation to do some climate science projects on these trips. As long as I’m a scientist and heading to these wild places, the least I can do is help some of my peers who need data. Just below the summit of Lobuche East yesterday, I rappelled off the lip of a crevasse to get some snow and ice samples for Natalie Kehrwald, who’s work focuses on the thinning of Himalayan glaciers due to climate change and the role of dust and other particles in accelerating the melting. A huge thanks to Chris Klinke, our expedition leader, who helped me set up our anchor system, and Markus Hallgren, the head of our TripleED research project on how teams are organized. Markus let me take the time off from my main research duties to pull this off. I’ll continue doing some science projects on Everest. I hope to collect the highest plant life ever and also create an altitude transect of smaller snow samples as high as I can. I’ll just say that carrying 15 1L Nalgene bottles up to 20,000ft was plenty hard!

Take care,
Hari

L to R: Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse from the summit of Lobuche East

L to R: Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse from the summit of Lobuche East

Chris descends from the summit of Lobuche East

Chris descends from the summit of Lobuche East

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2 thoughts on “Lobuche East

  1. Elaine Pike

    We met you at the teahouse in Deboche on 4/5/13. You spoke to my husband, Tom. While you were toughing it out at 20,000+ feet, we were hiking the 3 Passes (Kongma La, Cho La, and Renjo La) which we succeeded at doing, covering over 100 miles in 20 days. Your photographs are simply amazing! Congratulations on your accomplishments. Keep on keeping on in the name of science and adventure!

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