Photographer's Note

In preparation for our climb on Ama Dablam (6856m) we climbed Imja Tse AKA Island Peak (6189m). We all reached the summit on a beautiful morning with perfect clear skies, but a very cold wind.

Imja Tse was first climbed by the British Everest expedition in 1953 in preparation for their successful first ascent of the biggest peak on earth. Tenzing Norgay was amongst the party that first climbed Imja Tse, and of course he went on, with Ed Hillary to be the first to stand on top of the world.

We left to start the climb at 3.00am in order to reach the summit by 10.00am. This is very important as the sun is fierce at that altitude and you must get down off the snow before the sun is at its strongest. It becomes unbearably hot, the reflected rays burn your skin very rapidly (including up your nostrils which is very painful) and the surface becomes more difficult to walk as it becomes slushy. It is much easier to ascend whilst the snow and ice is frozen from the cold night.

The prominent peak in the background is Ama Dablam.

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