Stok Kangri III

By Bryan • india, photography, travel • 2 Sep 2009

Obvioulsy, no photos exist of the first 5 or six hours of the climb, but this one was taken at around 6:30am.  Base Camp is behind the low cloud formation in the center of the photo.  Our route took us over the glacier in the bottom of the photo and straight up a bowl on to a very rocky and steep ridge from which this photo was taken.  I’ve climbed at strange hours before (Mt. Fuji) but this one was a particularly odd feeling because unlike Fuji, I didn’t have a clear image of the approach prior to sunrise.  When the sun came out…whoa…I actually climbed up that?

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Nearing the summit and looking back along the ridge.

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Ladakh Valley below.  The weather wasn’t perfect, but the clouds and mist provided an eerie atmosphere.  While I wouldn’t get to see K2, I was lucky to have summited given that every group the previous day had been turned back by high winds.

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From the summit.  K2 would be in the background on a clear day.

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Made the summit at around 7:30am

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It is a 90 degree drop down about 1500m just over that edge…

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Heading back down.

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Glacier crossing.

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About 11am looking back toward the cloud encrusted summit.

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Base camp in the morning.

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Too tired to stand.

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A quick lunch and then a long sleep.

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2 Responses

  1. Notebook AC adapter is dead = no more photos from notebook.

  2. Great blog!!
    If you like, come back and visit mine: http://albumdeestampillas.blogspot.com
    Thanks,
    Pablo from Argentina

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