Photographer's Note

This is the team on the final scramble over the granite boulders to Camp 1 on the SW ridge route on Ama Dablam (6856m) in the Khumbu Himalaya.

I had been a long and hard day and everyone was feeling the pace, and this final section finished us all off.

You can see in the centre of the picture the precipitous, knife edged SW ridge that was to be our route up the mountain for the next few days. There is no way to escape the ridge once on it. If you were to have an accident or become ill, there is nothing you could do but down climb the route.

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