Yes, I had to get up at 5.30 – but it was worth every minute of sleep I lost: Ben, Chris, P’Nina and Laura – four of my totally favourite people.
No – the weather was not perfect per se – but it didn’t rain or snow and we had views at the top and all along the ridge. Sherpa Peak was a new one for me – so worth doing. That said, it would have been nice if Ben had arranged for a helicopter to pick us up halfway down. I mean climbing almost 600 metres? No big deal. Coming down at least twice that distance on sketchy snow? Well, doing a bit less of that would have been nice.
But I’m not complaining. Oh no! Especially not given the nice telemarking on snowshoes on that last steep pitch.
Some quick stats: 6.5 hours, about 550 or so elevation and 11K. Bonus: once at the top, the ridge walk is long. Very long. And what’s better than a big, long ridge walk? I mean really? Yes – that is a rhetorical question.