Although this attempt was repelled at half height, the pair went on to repeat a hard Khumbu classic: the Bracey-Bullock line Snotty's Gully.
Named in memory of the late Sue Nott, Snotty's Gully, was decribed by Alpinist Magazine as a "stunning 1000 metre ice-gully... comprising of some of the most perfect water ice ever climbed by the team [Bullock/Bracey]"
Turner and Thacker left Gokyo at 5am on the 17th November, reaching two-thirds height (WI5 and M5+). After an open bivvy, the final water ice pitches led to the coffee-table-sized pointed rock summit on the northwest ridge. This was followed by a descent to the Upper Machermo Glacier and the Machermo village on the evening of the 18th.
Read a report on the Mountain Equipment Website (with photo): www.mountain-equipment.co.uk
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