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The South Col



The Lhotse face, over 1300 metres high, lies at the head of the Cwm and must be overcome in order to reach the pristine wilderness of the South Col. The route up the Lhotse face follows the icefall in the centre until high above the crevasses a long upward traverse to the left can be made.


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Sherpas Arriving At The South Col

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By mid-May the preparation work on the Lhotse Face began. George Lowe and Ang Nyima at Camp Six and Michael Westmacott at Camp Five had begun what was to be a very challenging task. During the following days the hard work continues with Wilfrid Noyce and Michael Ward sharing the work. George Lowe spends no less than 10 days on the face working at great altitude - a truly remarkable feat of endurance.


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Geroge Band Cutting Steps In The Icefall

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The Sherpas performing the essential task of carrying supplies up the Lhotse Face to the South Col are fitted with crampons for the first time and they adapt brilliantly. They are also equipped with snow goggles to combat the hazards of snow blindness, and are wearing specially made high altitude boots which prove to be a great success.


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Annallu Sherpa

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Sherpa With Oxygen Tanks

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Camp Seven is pitched in a remarkable position, behind an enormous block of ice, high on the Lhotse Face. By May 18th a safe route has been made to Camp Seven and some way beyond but there still remains the long traverse across the upper part of the Face to the South Col. The last portion of the route is completed by Wilfrid Noyce and Sherpa Annullu on May 21st. During that day those who are at Camp Four are able to watch these men, two tiny figures lost in the immensity of the Face, slowly but surely making that eventful climb. It is one of the greatest moments of the expedition to see them reach the South Col, just under 26,000 feet.


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Camp 7

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