First Icelander to climb Lhotse mountain
Icelandic mountaineer John Snorri Sigurjónsson was the first Icelander to climb the peak of Mount Lhotse yesterday. The mountain is the fourth highest in the world at 8.516 metres high.
Climbing Lhotse is a part of Sigurjónsson's training before climbing K2 which he aims to climb this summer. K2 is said to be the hardest mountain to climb in the world.
Kári G.Schram, who is shooting a documentary about Sigurjónsson's expeditions says that this is a great achievement for Icelanders. He himself just came back to Iceland after spending 10 days at base camp with Sigurjónsson.
Only around 400 people have climbed Lhotse which is close to Everest, compared to 3.500 people who have climbed Everest. Lhotse is considered a more difficult and technical climb.
Mountaineer Vilborg Anna Gissurardóttir is currently heading for the peak of Mount Everest.