Snow meringue on Kaluxung North Ridge

Kaluxung North Ridge

The fierce winds (predominantly W) sweeping the whole area have created huge cornices and snow meringues overhanging the east face. The main summit (alt. 6674m) is located approx. 950m further south along the N ridge.

Shot location: above Kyangyong Lake, alt. 4950m, Lat 28°53'30"N Long 90°13'40"E
Location of the snow meringue on the ridge: Lat 28°51'31"N Long 90°12'27"E


(Lhagoi Kangri East range - Central Tibet - 16 October 2008)

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yatsek

yatsek - Mar 19, 2009 8:07 am - Voted 10/10

Funny Cornices

Really. Is your dog behind it all?:)

Bruno

Bruno - Mar 19, 2009 8:35 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Funny Cornices

Actually my dog was suffering from high altitude sickness, so it stayed at the base camp while I climbed the peak. At my return, I was horrified to see that my dog had been eaten by a Yeti...

More seriously, Kaluxung is about 500km further east from Chalung Ri, where the picture of my dog was taken. Kaluxung is also not part of the main Himalaya range, but belongs to the Lhagoi Kangri or North Himalaya range. I am preparing a new page on Lhagoi Kangri, and hope to be able to submit is very soon.

yatsek

yatsek - Mar 19, 2009 8:49 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Funny Cornices

Sorry to hear about the dog:) And sorry to smile while being sorry:) Hope you find both laughter and climbing fun and healthy.
Looking forward to seeing your new page, seriously.

Romuald Kosina

Romuald Kosina - Mar 19, 2009 11:02 am - Voted 10/10

Exce...

Excellent place and photo!!!

Bruno

Bruno - Mar 19, 2009 1:34 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Exce...

Defitely an excellent place, one of my top favourite area!

Thanks for your comment,
Bruno

lcarreau

lcarreau - Mar 19, 2009 12:29 pm - Voted 10/10

I'm assuming that

the winds can really carve these glistening
peaks into fine works of natural art.

You didn't see any CATS crawling around on the
glacier, did you? : )))))

Bruno

Bruno - Mar 19, 2009 1:45 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: I'm assuming that

I just updated the Kaluxung page with a new chapter on its climbing history, and found out that the Japanese who made the first ascent used a snow cat! I could still find the wreck on the mountain!

From my side, following the "leave only footprints" philosophy, I preferred to leave this kind of snow cat on the mountain...

yatsek

yatsek - Mar 19, 2009 2:23 pm - Voted 10/10

Talking of Great Cats

In seriousness, do you ever see snow leopards over there in the heart of Asia?

Bruno

Bruno - Mar 19, 2009 10:48 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Talking of Great Cats

I wish I would... but I haven't seen any snow leopard so far.

Amongst the large predators, I only saw once a (dead) wolf, but usually they are quite common on the Tibetan plateau.

Otherwise it is frequent to see foxes, and of course the big birds of prey which play a central role in the sky burrials.

However, last year I was in a low valley close to the border with Nepal (same valley where the picture of Chalung Ri was taken), and the villagers told us that that there was a large number of snow leopard in he area. Very often they are finding baby leopards in their fields when they are harvesting! Coexistence with humans seems not to be a major problem. The number of musk deers was also increasing due to better conservation efforts, something that we can also observe on the plateau with the number of Tibetan antilopes again on the increase.

yatsek

yatsek - Mar 20, 2009 2:31 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Talking of Great Cats

Thanks for your reply. That's good news! BTW Such a kitten with Chalung Ri in the background will be OK:)!!!

ChristianRodriguez

ChristianRodriguez - Mar 23, 2009 4:59 pm - Hasn't voted

overwhelmed

Is it a motherspaceship on the top?

Bruno

Bruno - Mar 29, 2009 4:50 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Mothership?

Yes, but it is quite a precarious location for an emergency landing...

Actually, just when I took the picture of this cornice, I saw on the moraine below me a group of Blue Sheeps... So shall we speak about Mothership or Mothersheep?

ChristianRodriguez

ChristianRodriguez - Mar 29, 2009 10:05 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Mothership?

sheeps from space! hehehe GREAT SHOT man, and really looks scary aswell.

Griffiths

Griffiths - Mar 26, 2009 4:39 am - Voted 10/10

that's a

frightening snow formation, not too close to the route/camp I hope!

Bruno

Bruno - Mar 29, 2009 4:53 am - Hasn't voted

Re: that's a

Actually the normal route passes just at the foot of the NE face, where this meringue is hanging... But considering the huge accumulation of snow, I guess that it is not collapsing every year, and that it would really be back luck to be there at the wrong time.

I placed my campat a lower location on the moraine, so I could sleep in peace...

Corax

Corax - Mar 26, 2009 5:22 am - Voted 10/10

One of the most spectacular

ridge formations I've seen. A beauty. I'll add this photo to the North Ridge page where you also can see the cornice from another angle.

Bruno

Bruno - Mar 29, 2009 4:54 am - Hasn't voted

Re: One of the most spectacular

Thanks for the addition. I fully agree with you, it's a very spectacular formation!

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