Chris Davenport making turns on the Lhotse Face adjacent to Mt. Everest. photo: chrisdavenport.com
There’s no doubting that the guy is getting after it lately. Chris summited Everest yesterday, May 19th, and skied the Lhotse face last week on May 9th. Chris is on Everest guiding a client named Ephi with fellow guide Neil Beidleman. They aren’t on the mountain to ski, they are there to guide. But, they thought they’d bring the skis “just in case.” Well, the perfect case came up and they were able to run up and ski the Lhotse face on a down day.
Lhotse face with photo: chrisdavenport.com
How was skiing the Lhotse Face? According to Chris it was pretty good:
“I found the skiing to be really enjoyable and with great, stable snow conditions we were able to ski with confidence. The problem is after twenty turns or so you are about to pass out from oxygen deprivation. We skied the face in stages, stopping to catch our breath, regroup, and admire our surroundings. At every one of these stops we would look at each other with these “holy shit” grins, half scared and half in disbelief about where we were.” www.chrisdavenport.com
Mount Everest from Pumori Camp I. photo: chrisdavenport.com
Congratulations to Neil, Chris, and Ephi for a job well done. Get home safe.