An attempt on Lobuje East, 1991

Friday, 25 October 1991 – From our Lobuje East base camp to Dingboche: Lobuje East viewed from the east. Our advanced base camp at Hidden Lake was near the bottom of the “V” in the skyline on the left-hand side of the photograph. The 180-metre snow-and-ice slope we climbed to reach what I have referred to as the main ridge is the first snow that’s visible about sixty per cent the way up the diagonal slope. The highest point that Dave, Ralph, and I climbed to is near where the first bits of cloud obscure the snow, roughly eighty per cent the way up the diagonal slope. Although we were relatively close to the summit compared with the position of our advanced base camp, the hard fact is that we were, of course, still about 360 vertical metres short of our goal.