Laidlaw, Erickson denied on Lhotse
Americans stopped by illness on attempted first ski descent of Nepal's Lhotse Peak
In an ode to the litany of factors at play during a major ski-mountaineering expedition, Jamie Laidlaw and Kris Erickson's attempted first descent of Lhotse Peak this spring did not yield the history they hoped it would.
On May 25, during their summit push up the massive Nepalese face shared by Mount Everest and Lhotse -- the world's fourth tallest mountain at 28,102 feet -- the Americans were pulled into a controversial and draining rescue of a Spanish climbing team. Then, ...
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