The Grandest Valley, Part 2

Lhotse at sunset

Lhotse at sunset

Here’s some more of the spectacular Western Cwm!

Climbing the Lhotse Face. The tents of Camp 2 are smeared in the rocks on the right. Just going from one end of camp to another takes an hour in this rarefied air.

Climbing the Lhotse Face. The tents of Camp 2 are smeared in the rocks on the right. Just going from one end of camp to another takes an hour in this rarefied air.

Folds document the compression between the Indian Subcontinent and Asia, creating the Himalaya.

Folds document the compression between the Indian Subcontinent and Asia, creating the Himalaya.

Everest gets blasted by the jet stream.

Everest gets blasted by the jet stream.

Climbing the Lhotse Face in deteriorating conditions. The winds of the jet stream made the way to Camp 3 very serious.

Climbing the Lhotse Face in deteriorating conditions. The winds of the jet stream made the way to Camp 3 very serious.

When the going gets tough, the tough put on goggles and get down.

When the going gets tough, the tough put on goggles and get down.

Teams retreat from the Lhotse Face as the jet stream closes in.

Teams retreat from the Lhotse Face as the jet stream closes in.

The lunarscape near Camp 2 during a storm.

The lunarscape near Camp 2 during a storm.

Ready to head down after 9 days up the mountain.

Ready to head down after 9 days up the mountain.

Dropping into the icefall.

Dropping into the icefall.

This has to be the only place that ladder usage is so common. Only on Everest.

This has to be the only place that ladder usage is so common. Only on Everest.

Chortens memorialize lost Everest climbers near Lobuche

Chortens memorialize lost Everest climbers near Lobuche

2 thoughts on “The Grandest Valley, Part 2

  1. Tom Pike

    Hari,

    You probably don’t remember me, but I met you at the teahouse in Deboche in the beginning of April. I was the old rock climber who was doing the Three Passes Trek. We talked a bit about mountain and rock climbing, as well as your research which I found particularly interesting. We got back last week and I just looked at your website….very impressive. The climbing looks great, but I think I’m too old for something that intense. But I did go to Joshua Tree and climbed six routes on Saturday….I guess people gravitate to what they do best. Good luck with your climbing and research which I hope to read more of. Speaking of which, did you ever rap down that crevasse to take your core sample?

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  2. Hari Post author

    Hey Tom,
    Thanks for the note! I’m glad you had a good trek and enjoy getting after it on that California rock! I can’t wait to get back there this summer.
    Take care,
    Hari

    P.S. Yep I rapped off the lip of a crevasse and got 6m of snow samples. You can see a picture of it back on the Lobuche East post.

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