This photo was taken on descent from the summit in 2006, a day after the desperate night in camp 2. This is the summit snow pyramid. It is a hanging snowfield at approx 8,750 meters, a perfect unsupported avalanche slope, usually harboring a thick wind slab. Above the snow slope to the right is an airy rock traverse onto the North Face proper, easy climbing with 3000+ meters of air below your feet. The traverse leads to a rock slab, climb the dihedral to the summit ridge, then walk the stairway to heaven. These last few pitches of the North side route are super enjoyable and offer classic easy/moderate climbing in the most ultimate position. A fitting top out for the highest point on our planet.