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Lhotse team leaves for summit bid
20:29 p.m. EDT May 14, 2003
Adventures International climbers John Rust and Lorenzo Gariano left base camp this morning for Camp II, 6500m – they’ve started their Lhotse, 8516m, summit bid. Recent Lhotse summits by the Japanese, Koreans, and Indian/Nepali Army team, combined with the hope for better weather next week is encouraging.

Recently a possible Lhoste record was broken when 12 climbers from the Nepali/Indian Army team summited in the same day this past Tuesday.

Adventures International is a small, personal, US outfit led by Scott Woolums who guided and summited Everest in 2002

Lhotse is the world’s 4th highest mountain, but often gets overshadowed by Everest because they are so close. It’s just a hair over 100m shorter than K2, and shares the same route as Everest until 7500m. Lhotse has two lower subsidiary peaks, Lhotse Shar and Lhotse Middle. The later was the highest unclimbed subsidiary peak until 2001 when a team of Russians became the first to summit.

Image of Lhotse courtesy of Adventures International

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