I first saw the Lhotse Coulior from Everest in 2004 and again in 2006. It was a dream line, one of the most striking descents in the Himalayas and certainly one of the most difficult to ski / ride due to steepness, exposure, altitude, logistics and massive variabilities in wind, weather and snow conditions. In April 2011 I was days away from leaving on an expedition w @kephoto
to attempt skiing the coulior when I was swept in an avalanche that took me out for the season. I’ve thought of it often since then. Last year my good friends @hilareenelson
graciously invited me to join them on their expedition to ski the coulior but I couldn’t make it due to a certain film release. It was one of those expeditions I truly wished I could go on but, given how insanely difficult the trip was going to be, I was also grateful I had a real excuse why I couldn’t go.
On September 30th 2018, Hilaree and Jim stepped into their bindings at 27,940ft on the summit of Lhotse, the fourth highest peak in the world. It was a 60 degree entry at well over 8000m. Totally incredible that Hils and Jim ended up making the first ski descent of this iconic line. So proud of them for having the vision and the commitment to make it happen. It will certainly be etched into the the history books as one of the most audacious ski mountaineering accomplishments of all time.
Congrats to the film team @nickkalisz @dutchsimpson
who not only summited and shot the expedition but just finished their new film LHOTSE. Check out the film at the link in my bio. Big shout out to the badass Sherpa team that fixed the route. Thanks also to @thenorthface
for supporting these cutting edge expeditions so we can see what’s possible. @scottmellin #FutureLight