Did he really climb it? There has been much speculation on his story of soloing the massive face with little gear, a thermos of strong coffee, and a 5mm rope. The picture debacle, the many who failed on this face ( Messner, Profit, Batard, among some of the failed on SF of Lhotse)
Twight talks about it a bit in Kiss or Kill, Bonnington touches on it in the postscript in Heroic Climbs, and pretty much everyone has a opinion on it. Whats yours?
I like many others want to believe it, but until someone goes up there to find what Cesen left behind as he stated, only the mountain knows.