Sherpa Tenji to target Everest–Lhotse Traverse


As Everest season approaches, news of climbers’ plans has begun to appear on social media, message boards and personal blogs.

One notable development announced via Instagram a few days ago by British alpinist, photographer and cameraman Jonathan Griffith, is news of Sherpa Tenji targeting the Everest–Lhotse Traverse.

A long-time climbing partner of Ueli Steck, Tenji was to join Steck on an attempt of the traverse last April, before suffering frostbite and descending. As the climbing world knows, Steck remained in Nepal and suffered a fatal fall on Nutpse on April 30, 2017.

Griffith, a good friend of Steck, was planning to live stream and shoot a 3D virtual reality film of last year’s attempt. This season, he is going back to capture Sherpa Tenji’s effort.

Said Griffith: “I’m excited to be shooting Ueli’s climbing partner Sherpa Tenji’s attempt to finish what Ueli had started, and in his style. For me, it’s about honouring the memory of one of my closest friends and bringing the Nepalese climbing community to the main stage”.

 More details to follow.

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Ash Routen

Ash Routen

Ash Routen is an outdoor and adventure writer from the UK specialising in adventurous travel and expeditions, such as mountaineering, polar travel, and ocean crossings. Ash juggles a day job as a public health scientist with this second career in outdoor writing.

His words have featured in national newspapers, national and international outdoor and adventure magazines, and various websites. Bylines include Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, Outside Magazine, Rock and Ice, and Red Bull.

Alongside writing, Ash also spends some time undertaking his own adventures, and completed a 640 km foot crossing of a frozen Lake Baikal in 2018. His next arctic journey is a 700 km trek along the coast of Baffin Island in Canada.


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Soren Smidt
I was postive surprised to read that Tenji was to climb the “last great problem” on Everest solo no-O. But what at disappointment to read further, that he is surrounded by a team with oxygen. What is the point? Doing the horseshoe without oxygen, surrounded by climbers who have oxygen, Tenji just have to reach out to get oxygen, if he wants. Or his team can help him if he is not able to take care of himself. It is like climbing with a rescue team close by. Isn’t that contrary to the logic in the project and against the… Read more »