Sierra Designs-sponsored athlete Ryan Waters successfully summits Lhotse
On May 19, 2011, Waters, with teammates Lakpa Dorjee Sherpa and Sophie Denis, stood atop the world’s fourth tallest peak
Situated next to Mount Everest along the spine of the Himalaya, Lhotse requires the same set of skills needed to summit its more well-known and well-publicized neighbor. Proper planning, experience, and equipment are essential to a successful summit bid.
“A big thanks to Sierra Designs for all the support they have given me in this expedition,”
Sierra Designs supplied this expedition with several essential pieces of gear, including the Grand Mothership, Mountain Meteor, and Convert 3 tents as well as the Gnar jacket, Mantra jacket, Fusion pants, and Fiend jacket and pants.
Starting at Everest Base Camp on April 17, Waters, Sherpa, and Denis spent several weeks acclimating while moving tents and equipment up the mountain, with sights set on a May 19 summit bid.
Despite a steady snowfall the night before and a partially fixed route to the top, Waters and his team set out at 4 a.m. to tackle the summit.
The weather held and the climbers enjoyed warm temperatures and low winds on their way to the top of Lhotse.
Signing on as a Sierra Designs sponsored athlete earlier this year, Waters plans to summit Kilimanjaro in June with a trip to Nepal to climb Manaslu slated for September. Sierra Designs will supply equipment and apparel for both of these trips.
About Sierra Designs
Founded in 1965 at the beginning of the golden age of backpacking and climbing, Sierra Designs draws on an extensive heritage to create innovative, technologically-