To Gorak Shep, 10/13
This afternoon at Kala Patthar, 18,300’, the trekking period reached its apex. Bluebird skies, juxtaposed with brilliant white snow on Nuptse, and topped by the massive dark pyramid of Everest’s West Face was the view we’d dreamed of. Its unusual for the high pressure, even during Post-Monsoon season in Nepal, to keep skies clear after noon. This good fortune enabled us to see the huge west faces “front-lit”.
Steve, Kim and Mike stood a few feet above their previous highest alttitude records from Denali. Tomorrow we move to Lobuche high camp, and attempt the peak the following day. On to Ama Oct. 16.