Picture behind the story #24 Did I Reach The Summit?

Trail to Everest Base Camp

The summit of Imja Tse beckoned, only the ice pyramid to overcome, would my 12 months upskilling and preparation pay off? Mountaineering IS suffering!

Stage 1: Twin Otter, Kathmandu to Lukla

Twin Otter at Lukla
Twin Otter at Lukla

Stage 2: Trek to Everest Base Camp, 10 days

Trail to Everest Base Camp
Everest trail

Stage 3: Find your mountain, camp high, keep hydrated

Mess Tent, Imja Tse slopes

Stage 4: Ascend slopes and snow ridge

Imja Tse, ridge leading to peak summit

Stage 5: Time for some ice-climbing

Imja Tse final ice pyramid

Stage 6: Strike a pose on the summit

Summit, Imja Tse, 20,305ft

Stage 7: Descend safely, look back and admire!

Island Peak, Imja Tse, Nepal
Imja Tse 20,305ft

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18 thoughts on “Picture behind the story #24 Did I Reach The Summit?

      1. I can just (barely) imagine how much work it must have been, which is what makes it so amazing! I liked your phrase, “Mountaineering is suffering.” It says so much— allows us to imagine so much — with so few words. Kudos!

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    1. Thank you, it took me three attempts on three different years. Mostly summits were in too dangerous a place for a photo but bizarrely this summit was flat even though ascending an ice pyramid to reach it.

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