Snow whips across the mountain, visibility is poor and the glacier shudders as lightning strikes from above and below.
It’s 2am and we’re 5800m high walking precariously across a glacier in the middle of an electrical storm. We take shelter beneath a rock ledge, but the fury of the mountain continues. For tonight it’s game over. This is possibly the last place you want to be when thunder strikes, we turn around and make our way back down. Base camp is at 4800m and with the poor visibility it’s a slow descent. We arrive at 6am in time for a stunning sunrise. Then with tents packed up its back to Riobamba for a day in the office.