Once Again, to the Dark Side of Lhotse

Once Again, to the Dark Side of Lhotse
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A tiny dot on a mighty mountain face, clinging to a frozen rope in the middle of a blizzard, Hong Sung-Taek speaks to the camera: “Climbing is lonely,” he says. In spring 2019, while crowds flocked to Everest, Hong of South Korea led a small international team on one of the biggest challenges in Himalayan climbing: the South Face of Lhotse. Once again, the weather beat him. After missing the Olympics in judo because of a bad injury, Hong Sung-Taek turned to the outdoors. He trekked to both Poles and crossed Greenland and the Bering Strait, and climbed Everest and Pumori. But for years, the South Face of Lhotse has been his indomitable opponent. He has tried and failed six times. Now he is ready for the next round. This attempt, however, summit or not, will be the last. On... .... Continue Reading at Explorers Web



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