THE MAGIC PILLAR (Article from the American Alpine Journal 2008)
9 March 2008
..the impossible is possible. There was a time when man thought that flying was impossible. There was a time when I thought it was impossible for two men to climb a new route in alpine style on Jannus north side. But with his phone call in February 2007, Valery Babanov forced me to think hard about the possibility of the impossible. Valery had called to discuss our planned expedition to Chomo-Lonzo in the fall. We talked about the dates of our flights, an approximate budget, equipment, and other matters. Somewhere in the middle of our conversation...