Before they could start, there was the rather large matter of transporting almost a tonne of supplies and equipment up the Lhotse
Face, the 1,200-metre slope that ran from the Western Cwm up to the South Col.
That is the reason why few people have attempted to climb Mount Lhotse
Summit of Lhotse
was not part of his plan, however, he did the adventure as part of acclimatisation.
Vajpayee scaled Mount Lhotse
, the fourth highest mountain in the world, to become the youngest in the world to climb it.
These days, I use a variety of head protection on the mountain, ranging from a strong polycarbonate climbing helmet on the Lhotse
Face to a beanie insulated with shock-absorbing d3o gel on summit day.
Although somewhat unfashionable, hot and bulky to carry when not being worn, helmets are worth wearing on sections that are notorious for stonefall (such as the foot of the Lhotse
He was given the unenviable task of forcing a route up the Lhotse
Face, which links the Western Cwm to the South Col.
The next obstacle was the Lhotse
Face, at the foot of which Camp V was set up on 3 May.
The view the summit looking south, showing Lhotse
I and the Hongu Glacier
hand flank, to surmount the slight rise into the Upper Cwn, under the face of the Lhotse
. Already, over the flat-looking plain, we can see the red flags with which I littered the route yesterday; it looks something like a snow-covered golf course.
Wylie explained that the plan fell into four stages: "The establishment of a well-stocked advance base at about 3,650 metres; the ascent of the steep 1,200-metre Lhotse
Face; the establishment of a large camp on the South Col at 7,900 metres to give effective support to the summit climbers; and finally the assault itself by two pairs of climbers."
The first time I heaved an oxygen cylinder on my back was at Camp III, halfway up the Lhotse
Face, for the climb up to the South Col.