Sunday, June 10, 2012

2012 Shishapangma Expedition - Tibet

The 2012 Shishapangma expedition was an excellent adventure.  We didn't manage to make the true summit during this particular good weather season window. As a matter of fact, no one summitted the mountain this season, contrary to several reported successes.  Why?  Simply because the mountain was bony with hard blue ice pitches, exposed rock that is usually snow covered, and wickedly persistent winds.  Teams attempted several different routes on the north side of the mountain with no true success.  While Shishapangma is the lowest of the 14 8000 meter peaks, it remains a wild, untamed, and well-guarded summit that few attain; unlike its lofty neighbors.

The team gathers in Kathmandu.

Our Base Camp with Shishapangma in the distance.