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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Annapurna Trails

Natural and man-made streaks of light meet in the Himalayan night at Annapurna south, as hikers make their way to the base camp for the sunrise spectacle. Machhapuchhare Base Camp, Nepal. This image is available as a print. f/4.0, 8 minutes, ISO 320, 80.0 mm on Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM, 5D Mk II body.

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Fading Light on Fishtail

This image is best viewed large – please click on it for a larger version. An evening scene at Annapurna Base Camp, at an elevation of roughly 4,000m. On such clear nights “Fishtail” (also known as Machhapuchhare, in the background) gets bathed in a beautiful reddish glow, signalling the arrival of a starry night. This…

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Curtain of Stone

This image is best viewed large – please click on it for a larger version. Taken on a day of exploration in the area of Machhapuchhare Base Camp, where every turn reveals a new panorama. This is an incredible wall of conspicuous light rock and steep fluted snow faces that links Annapurna III and Machhapuchhare.…

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Almost Famous

This image is best viewed large – please click on it for a larger version. This is the beautiful, heavily-glaciated south face of Gyachung Kang, in the Khumbu region of Nepal. Gyachung Kang has the distinction of being the highest peak in the works that is not an 8,000er, making it an obscure mountain despite…

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Gateway to Everest

This image is best viewed large – please click on it for a larger version. Hard to believe, but the easiest way up the tallest peak in the world starts with a climb through this treacherous icefall. The icefall moves downhill at about one metre per day, which means its seracs and crevasses are constantly…

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Stars Over Nuptse

At 7,864m above sea level, Nuptse is one monster of a mountain. Yet it does not stand out from most angles due to its proximity to higher neighbours Everest and Lhotse. Viewed from the west however,  Nuptse steals the show with its pointing peak and imposing icefalls. Long after the sun has disappeared in the…

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Dusk in the Valley

Daylight fades in the valley of the Dudh Kosi as the river carves its way to the lowlands of the Terai.  I sent that evening shooting towards Everest and Ama Dablam in the opposite direction. As I was about the return to Namche for the night, I liked the way ridges cut each other off…

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