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Northern Ireland Everest Expedition 2003
Near the summit the route we followed turned away from the
easier snow slopes to steepish scree and rock.
Shishapangma is in the distance, slightly left of Cho Oyu 8201m, the white flat-topped peak (normally climbed from the other side).
In the centre with the big face is Gyachung Kang, the 15th highest mountain, just below the magic 8000m mark.
At last! There's the summit.
Those layers! Sue Fear and a Himalayan Experience sherpa ascend the last section to the summit.
Banjo on the summit! He was the last person to summit that season and had the
top to himself.
He took this picture with a Fujifilm disposable camera.
Jamie summitted about an hour earlier spending around 45
minutes on the summit without bottled oxygen.
On reflection, I should have used oxygen, I would have appreciated the view even more.
Nobody offered to take my picture and it was only when I got my slides back, I realized I was dripping blood from my nose.
Shows how oxygen-impaired everyone else was, and how cold it was - I couldn't feel it!
Two sherpas from Himalayan Experience place katas. (Sorry, I didn't find out their names).