These are a selection of the best of the photos from the two descents made by the team.
CATHY AND THE SHERPAS DESCEND NOT-THE-SCHELL-ROUTE 13-14 JULY
Where it started to go wrong…. descending the Schell route ridge in the mist, we’d missed the drop-off to the east and were being forced down into the cwm on the west.
We started at 10.00. At 22.00 that night Lhakpa Rangduk and I were still not out of the dangerous cwm. When he fell and twisted his ankle, we pitched the tent below the only point of safety we could see by head torch, a wall of rock, digging out a platform just wide enough for the tent right by the rock face.
Two avalanches came down the next morning, both this size, one at 05.00 when Lhakpa and I were still asleep, and another at 10.30 when we were down on the moraine with Nuru and Zarok. This photo is of the second one, the little x marks the site of our tent. Had one come down the previous afternoon, we’d all four have been killed.
PHOTOS FROM THE RIDGE WILL FOLLOW TOMORROW