Pumori South Buttress '96
Although Pumori, 7,165m, has been climbed by a number of different routes in the last 34 years, the South Buttress has so far resisted all comers. The monsoon in 1996 was the heaviest and latest for 40 years, resulting in deep and dangerous snow conditions, particularly in the Khumbu. However, with time running out, conditions improved slightly, and an attempt to reach the summit was mounted by Simpson and Tattersall. Unfortunately this had to be abandoned at 6,150m when the latter became ill.