On the day we walked up to Island Peak (6189m) Base Camp huge lenticular clouds were spinning over our heads as high velocity jet-stream winds pounded the tops of the peaks.
Lenticular clouds are a portent of very bad weather and any mountaineer fears the sight of them, any sign and you would get the hell off the mountain very, very fast. Anyone up there on this particular day would have little chance of survival.
This cloud above Lhotse was spinning around and around at a considerable speed whipping plumes of snow off the high ridge.
The shot shows the huge South face of Lhotse taken from near Chukkung it towers over you at a height of 3300m, more than 10000ft of near vertical rock and ice. Many world-class mountaineers have attempted to scale it including Reinhold Messner and it has claimed many of their lives. Very few have ever made it to the top.
Lhotse is the fourth highest mountain in the world standing at 8516m and it's eastern peak Lhotse Middle was until 2001 the highest unclimbed peak in the world at 8414m, it being of such extreme technical difficulty, at extreme altitude making it desperately dangerous.
At 2am on the next day after I took this picture we were to leave Island Peak Base Camp and attempt to reach the summit and return that afternoon. Island Peak is right next to Lhotse and the appearance of such threatening clouds made us worry about what we were going to be in for. Fortune smiled on us and we summited the next day at 10am in perfect crystal clear, azure blue, skies
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sohrab (7439) 2004-04-29 4:12
it's only at such high altitudes that you get such beautiful photographs.the clouds just seem to be moving even now
do yo uhave nay pics of mt everest??
nickthegreek82 (1708) 2004-04-29 4:25
Amazing!Very sharp picture nice color of the snow , which is very dificult in such conditions!Well donw and keep shooting and climbing!
eleparc (24063) 2004-04-29 4:45
superb shot richard! i admire you to do such mountain climbing... much easier to do it via proxy for me;-)) this pic is admirable! thanks for sharing this and please show us some more mountain climbing shots, i love them ;-)
jhonny_blue (4956) 2004-04-29 5:23
Wonderful picture Richard !
Itīs perfect and strong with this wonderful mountain and the beautiful cloud !
aferrao (1145) 2004-04-29 5:43
What a beautiful view! And you've captured it very well!
I like that cloud in the top of the mountains!
hdl (7011) 2004-04-29 7:38
very spectacular. Nice shot
desman (2220) 2004-04-29 8:03
toujours impressionnant ce genre de nuages, belle photo.
Jebelis (229) 2004-05-03 9:20
interesting notes and nice image... good composition and clear colors... gives a good feeling about this place. I wish i could have been there!
akeyswede (1078) 2004-08-25 2:57
Wow... glad I wasn't on the mountain that day (of course I don't have the guts to try). Thanks for sharing your adventure!
PJE (20758) 2005-08-28 23:23
I have to admit the photos you post up in these mountains is so very remote that all of your postings are a real treat to see. I have a friend named Ron who did Everest last spring. His slides were increbible to see. Your photos are nothing short of glorious to view. Where I live there are mountains to climb too. All day hike stuff. All I need is a couple litres of water for the day. I cannot imagine how you climb with all your gear.
DLM (6479) 2006-02-03 12:22
Great work,awesome colours.TFS
patriik (1935) 2006-05-15 18:43
This is fantastyic shot! Wonderful view, great colours and contrast!
anjan (1086) 2006-06-12 4:02
good mountain photo, nice deep colours.
sajit (0) 2006-12-15 1:16
looks heavenly, ....
but is it .....
awesome place awesome picture .....
- Copyright: Richard SG (escher1) (1268)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-03-19
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 300, Canon EF 35-135mm, Fuji Velvia, 1B
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Ama Dablam 6856m Expedition Part 2
- Theme(s): Himalayan Peaks [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-04-29 4:06
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