At 8163 metres, Mt Manalsu is the eighth highest mountain in the world and would become Sue’s next goal. Because of its remote location and its reputation for heavy snow drifts and avalanches, it is climbed less frequently than other 8000ers. In 2006, only about 240 people had successfully climbed Manaslu compared with almost 2000 ascents of Everest.
Sue’s first attempt for the summit with a group of other climbers failed. Not one to be discouraged, Sue made a second attempt after most of the other climbers had left the mountain, this time with just her Sherpa, Bishnu. On the 28th May they successfully reached the summit of Manaslu.
On their descent from the mountain and on a relatively flat area, Sue stepped into a concealed and unknown crevasse while roped to Bishnu. After hours of trying to pull her out, with the sides of the crevasse crumbled away and not hearing any word from Sue, who most likely was unconscious, Bishnu, overcome with exhaustion, made the difficult decision to head down the mountain to basecamp.
Photos Sue took on the expedition and climb.
Family and friends back in Australia waited anxiously for any news that Sue had survived the fall or the possibility of rescue.
In October 2008 the ABC’s ‘7.30 Report’ did a piece on Sue through interviews with her family and friends, which includes actual footage of Sue’s climbs and interviews after climbing Everest.