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  • Fri, 14 August 2020

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"Getting to the summit is optional, getting down is mandatory"
Ed Viesturs

Mont Blanc

Mont Blanc  

High Tatras

High Tatras 

Himalayas 

Stupendous as this scene is, the eye is even more drawn to a giant fang which stands half-right, in the middle distance, leaning awkwardly towards the valley. This mountain, Ama Dablam, rises to 22,300 feet and appears utterly inaccessible, outrivaling the most sensational aspects of the Matterhorn and bearing comparison with the Mustagh Tower in the far Karakoram. 

Directly above the Monastery spur, to the south-east, are twin peaks of delicately fluted ice, some of their spires sharp as needles and almost transparent against the blue sky. These are Kangtega and Thamserku, another pair of 22,000 footers. To the northwest, a mountain of perfect, arrow-like symmetry rose at the head of the Dudh Kosi, while south-westwards was another barrier of ice and rock, stretching for several miles at over 20,000 feet: Kwangde.

We stood, spellbound by this wonderful scene, upon an open grassy alp on which yaks were grazing peacefully an ideal spot for our first Base Camp. Life was very good.

John Hunt - The ascent of Everest