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#tbt to September 26, 2006: #Gurla #Mandhata…

#tbt to September 26, 2006: #Gurla #Mandhata...

#tbt to September 26, 2006: #Gurla #Mandhata (aka #Naimona’nyi) was a peak of both legend and fear for me. The 34th highest peak in the world at 7694 meters (25,243 feet), it looms over the windswept plains of western #Tibet, just south of holy Mount #Kailash (Gang #Rinpoche) and the sacred lakes of #Mansarovar and #Raksas Tal. The mountain is rarely visited, and climbed even less: it’s not the highest, it’s not the most stunning, and it’s just shy of the fabled (and fairly arbitrary) 8000 meter mark. In 1997, it nearly wiped one of my best friends, Quinn Simons, off the map; he and his teammates barely escaped alive, and paid an immense toll in frostbite injuries. So, going there to guide and climb it in 2006 was a dream, but one frought with fear and misgivings, a mixture of excitement but also apprehension. Fortunately, our climb went well: few storms slowed our progress, my clients were strong, fit, and excited, and we managed to climb the “standard” route in just 10 days via the #Chaglung’mlungha Glacier. Gurla remains one of my most memorable climbs ever, and I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to go high in the Himalaya without the crowds of #Everest and #Cho #Oyu. | In this photo, Stuart Sloat and Kirk Allen descend from near the summit, with the stunning valleys of #Humla in the distance. #liveyouradventure #bestmountainartists #gurlamandhata #naimonanyi #karnali #Nepal #mountainlove #Himalaya #mountaineering #climbing #mountainworld

Gurla Mandhata

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About the Author : Jake NortonClimber, guide, photographer, speaker, founder of www.Challenge21.com, and - most importantly - husband and father.View all posts by Jake Norton

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