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An army helicopter airlifts Lakpa and Tenje back to Kathmandu. (Click all images to enlarge).
Pumori from BC. Tempting but dangerous.
Climbing up between ABC and Camp 1 on Pumori.
Looking into Tibet from Pumori at 6700m on a heavenly summit day. A short while later and all hell broke loose.
Lhakpa Chiri Sherpa and Tenje Sherpa prior to the accident
Lhakpa Chiri in ABC tied onto the ladder in preparation for the descent to BC.
Philip Ling at Camp 1 at 6200m on Pumori with Everest, Lhotse, the Khumbu Icefall and the Western Cwm behind. All images courtesy of Philip Ling (click to enlarge).

Pumori debrief: "A short while later all hell broke loose"

Posted: Nov 13, 2007 06:43 am EST

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(MountEverest.net) A few months back, Australian Philip Ling wrote a debrief from the day he almost reached Lhotse's summit, without O2. Instead of summit joy, Philip watched Sherpani Pemba Doma fall to her death. Italian Fausto de Stefani, Sergio Martini, and their younger climbing apprentice, Roberto Manni were there too. A few weeks earlier their Sherpa had been killed by a rock or block of ice at the bergshrund at the base of the Lhotse Face. "I helped Sergio bury the body and clean up the mess, and we lent them one of...

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