Ascent to Lobuche East-False Summit-Summit headwall on 2013-04-05

Climber: Les Zollbrecht

Others in Party:Steve
Sean C.
Date:Friday, April 5, 2013
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Lobuche East-False Summit - Summit headwall
    Elevation:19300 ft / 5882 m
    Remaining Elevation:713 ft / 217 m (17% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Clients hit the exhaustion wall at 19,000'. Steve, Angela, Lal and I climbed up to top of fixed line and cleaned the pitch then returned with team to base camp.

Ideal to base camp at the high lake and get an early start: 12:00 for larger group (2:00 for small team). Route makes its way up through small snow fields separated by high quality rock. One 10 foot pitch of 5.3 rock. Otherwise it is simply a beautiful alpine route to 18,500 where it becomes ridge/face climb. Fixed lines often start here and ascend for 2,000 feet of angled climbing to the summit ridge and summit.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3552 ft / 1082 m
    Route:SE Ridge
    Trailhead:Lobuche Base camp South  15748 ft / 4799 m
    Quality:10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:8 Hours 

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