This was Hong, Sung-Taek’s sixth attempt and the first time that the Korean climber tried the wall in spring, rather than in the post-monsoon season. Over a period of two months the expedition set up five successively higher camps on the south face, before striking for the summit. Strong wind, snow, and then an avalanche that almost swept the climbers away near Camp 3 forced the team to retreat from around 7,700m, between C3 and C2. After the close call, almost all members decided to turn around. Only Hong and five Sherpas remained. The six climbers braved deteriorating weather as they continued toward the summit, before ultimately deciding to abandon the mission. However, Hong is not yet finished with Lhotse and plans to challenge the mountain again.