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Asia, Tibet, Lhakpari, First Ski Descent

Lhakpari, First Ski Descent. An expedition guided by Andy Broom (Out There Trekking) reached the summit at 11 a.m., September 22, via the west ridge. All skiing was randonée except Philip Ponder, who made the trip on a telemark system with three-pin bindings, perhaps the highest anyone has skied up and down on them. Some of us used poles with self-arrest handgrips. As the final summit ridge got steep, icy and exposed we removed our skis and went to the configuration of a self-arrest pole in one hand and an ice axe in the other.

Cleve E. Armstrong, O.D., unaffiliated