Lhotse South Face, morning

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.
on Aug 21, 2004 7:44 pm
Image ID: 66224


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Velebit - Aug 21, 2004 8:11 pm - Voted 10/10

Rarely pleasant

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 :-)


Nelson - Aug 22, 2004 3:15 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Rarely pleasant

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!".


Velebit - Aug 22, 2004 7:03 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Rarely pleasant

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 :-)


climber21 - Aug 22, 2004 12:37 am - Voted 10/10

Absolutely stunning...

...as usual. I wasn't surprised when i saw this photo was from you. =-)


eza - Aug 23, 2004 9:54 am - Voted 10/10

Beautiful does not describe it

Congratulations, Nelson. For taking such an incredible shot and for being lucky enough to see that wonderful wall by yourself.


Corax - Sep 7, 2004 12:06 pm - Voted 10/10


what a nice photo - dramatic!


bc44caesar - Sep 17, 2004 7:07 pm - Voted 10/10


Very dramatic shot Nelson!


Nelson - Sep 19, 2004 9:57 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Outstanding!

Thanks! It was definitely an outstanding morning.


Sajama - May 8, 2006 9:35 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!


Nelson - May 8, 2006 1:01 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Masterpiece

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.

James C

James C - Jul 28, 2006 3:15 am - Voted 10/10

Jerzy Kukuczka

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.


Rybakov - Jul 28, 2006 4:52 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Jerzy Kukuczka

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.


Archm - Dec 13, 2009 8:23 am - Hasn't voted


super shot


Nelson - Dec 14, 2009 9:02 am - Hasn't voted

Re: !

Thanks. It was worth the 5:00 AM effort climbing up a hill from camp to get this view!


winemanvan - Mar 9, 2010 10:17 am - Voted 10/10


It pays to get up early, especially if you're chasing the light. Nice work!

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