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Lhotse South Face, morning
Early morning light strikes the upper part of the 10,000' high Lhotse South Face.
It looks like the top would be a cold and unpleasant place to be at this hour!
Photo taken from the upper Imja Valley, November, 2002
See this satellite photo for context.


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VelebitRarely pleasant


Voted 10/10

Beautiful shot Nelson! I think such hours when it is pleasant on the summit are rare. Most pleasant is when you get back to base camp alive :-)
Posted Aug 21, 2004 8:11 pm

NelsonRe: Rarely pleasant


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Thanks a lot guys guys. Aleksandar, standing below that face was one of the times I've know I'm not really a mountaineer. Looking up there I just thought to myself, "No way!".
Posted Aug 22, 2004 3:15 am

VelebitRe: Rarely pleasant


Voted 10/10

My thoughts would be exactly the same Nelson. Hiking to the foot of this amazing wall is rewarding enough. I guess that is why we are ordinary mortals :-)
Posted Aug 22, 2004 7:03 am

climber21Absolutely stunning...


Voted 10/10

...as usual. I wasn't surprised when i saw this photo was from you. =-)
Posted Aug 22, 2004 12:37 am

ezaBeautiful does not describe it


Voted 10/10

Congratulations, Nelson. For taking such an incredible shot and for being lucky enough to see that wonderful wall by yourself.
Posted Aug 23, 2004 9:54 am



Voted 10/10

what a nice photo - dramatic!
Posted Sep 7, 2004 12:06 pm



Voted 10/10

Very dramatic shot Nelson!
Posted Sep 17, 2004 7:07 pm

NelsonRe: Outstanding!


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Thanks! It was definitely an outstanding morning.
Posted Sep 19, 2004 9:57 am



Voted 10/10

This pic can be perfectly of Kenzo Okawa, Galen Rowell (or Ansel Adams if was B&W).
I´m really touched.
Thanks for sharing this wonder!
Posted May 8, 2006 9:35 am

NelsonRe: Masterpiece


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Thanks very much for your comments on my photos, they are very much appreciated!

To get this shot I crawled out of a warm sleeping bag at 5:00AM, hiked 200 feet up the rubble of a moraine that was blocking part of the view, then tried to stay warm while waiting for sunlight to appear, keeping the camera batteries close to my body. Once the light appeared I quickly forgot about the cold.

This shot of Ama Dablam was taken at the same time in the opposite direction.

Thanks again.
Posted May 8, 2006 1:01 pm

James CJerzy Kukuczka

James C

Voted 10/10

Thats the face that killed jerzy Kukuczka right? That is really to bad, he is one of the best alpinists ot have ever lived, better than messner in my book.
Posted Jul 28, 2006 3:15 am

RybakovRe: Jerzy Kukuczka


Voted 10/10

Yes, you are right.
A cornice broke on the summit ridge. Kukus had a second hand 8mm rope bought in Kathmandu, it also broke and one of the best mountaineers in history met his fate. He had climbed all the 14 8000ers (but Lhotse), by new routes or winter ascents. If he had made it on Lhotse, he had made them all in this way.
Posted Jul 28, 2006 4:52 am



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super shot
Posted Dec 13, 2009 8:23 am

NelsonRe: !


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Thanks. It was worth the 5:00 AM effort climbing up a hill from camp to get this view!
Posted Dec 14, 2009 9:02 am



Voted 10/10

It pays to get up early, especially if you're chasing the light. Nice work!
Posted Mar 9, 2010 10:17 am

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NelsonSubmitted by Nelson
on Aug 21, 2004 7:44 pm

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Lat/Lon: 27.96670°N / 86.93330°E
Object Title: Lhotse South Face, morning