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Title: Dick Morse - Lhotse Expedition 2012

15th April, 2012 - Terri got out for a hike up to near Gorak Shep - Trekking peak climb for me

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Lhotse Expedition

15th April, 2012 - Rest day for Terri at Lobuche (16,175 ft.) - Trekking peak climb for me

Terri got out for a hike up to near Gorak Shep (17,008 ft.) and was definitely feeling better.

Pasang and I were up at 2 AM.  We had some hot drinks and headed off.  I did not sleep very well with three crammed into our tent.  Several other groups had left before us, but by the time we reached the fixed lines we had passed them.  I would have liked a little slower pace because I really slowed down on the upper snow slopes.  We had about six inches of new snow over night so the rock was partially covered on much of the route.  Wearing crampons on these slopes was not much fun.  We scratched our way up the many rock ledges which were made easier with the fixed lines placed by larger expeditions.  They use this trekking peak for training and acclimatization for their clients on their way to Everest.

Pasang and I made good time up to the upper snow slopes.  As I previously mentioned – I slowed down quite a bit near the top, but we still reached to top at 7 AM.  The morning was still clear so we had great views of Cho Oyu, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Makalu.  We took our pictures and headed down After several rapels we started passing climbers on their way up.  We got back to our advance base camp at 9 AM.  After a quick snack we packed up and headed back to Lobuche.  We got back to Lobuche at noon.

I had gear and clothing to dry out and was able to catch a shower.  When Terri and I went back down to the dining room we were surprised to find the Krapf group.  We caught up on their trek and had dinner with them in the evening.

High on Lobuche East – Summit of Everest just left of Nuptse

High on Lobuche East – Summit of Everest just left of Nuptse