Jerzy Kukuczka – Tribute to a Himalayan Giant

Polish climber Jerzy Kukuczka would have turned 64 today. To me, he was the ultimate athlete, the real thing. His mental toughness was legendary even among the finest climbers in the world. “Jurek”‘s list of mountaineering achievements is arguably the most impressive in history (from Wikipedia): 1979 — Lhotse – West Face, Normal Route. 1980 — Mount Everest –…

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Beyond the Mountains

These images are best viewed large – please click on them for a larger version. A Mustang boy gazes at the Himalaya from a village rooftop, seemingly wondering what lies beyond. Many people leave the kingdom of Mustang in the winter from a very young age due to the harsh winters and spend a few…

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End of the Day, Mustang, Nepal

This image is best viewed large – please click on it for a larger version. End of the Day A woman from the village of Gheling disappears into the late afternoon autumn light to gather wood for the approaching night. The snow-clad Annapurna massif rises in the background. Gheling, Mustang, Nepal. f/4.0, 1/125, ISO 200, 140.0mm…

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Cairns of Gokyo, Nepal

These images are best viewed large – please click on them for a larger version. Cairns of Gokyo Cairns are plentiful throughout the Himalaya, but even more so in the area surrounding the village of Gokyo, where one finds them virtually everywhere. This one sits on the shore of the third Gokyo Lake, at an…

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Ridges of Red, Mustang, Nepal

This image is best viewed large – please click on it for a larger version. Ridges of Red A closeup of the fairytale cliffs of Drakmar, in the heart of the kingdom of Mustang, Nepal. This image is available as a print. f/4.0, 1/750, ISO 200, 200.00mm on Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8, Mk II body.

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Night Sentinel, Gokyo Ri, Nepal

This image is best viewed large – please click on it for a larger version. Night Sentinel A solitary cairn points at the moon as the daylight fades on Gokyo Ri. Rugged Pharilapche (6,017m) looms silently in the background. Gokyo Ri, Khumbu, Nepal. This image is available as a print. f/22.0, 25 seconds, ISO 800,…

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Everest’s Daughter, Pumori, Nepal

This image is best viewed large – please click on it for a larger version. Everest’s Daughter Ask a child to draw you a mountain and you’ll probably end up with something that looks like Pumori (7,161 m). Also known as “Everest’s Daughter” due to its proximity to the massive “Chomolungma”, Pumori is been geologically…

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Daily Photo – Supplies Surprise, Dhaulagiri, Nepal.

This image is best viewed large – please click on it for a larger version. Supplies Surprise It’s pretty amazing where they’ll take mules in the great little country of Nepal. Necessity makes people creative. Just after you’ve struggled up this snowy ridge, through adverse weather and approach a 5,000m+ pass, or just when you…

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