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Game Over

November 26, 2012 08:50

We arrived at Camp 2 on Friday afternoon full of enthusiasm, and slept surprisingly well given the altitude and the terrain the tents were on. Unfortunately things started to unravel early on Saturday. We were up and packed, ready to head for Camp 3, when Pasang put his head through the doorway of the tent… Read more

Weather Problems Again

November 24, 2012 09:22

We were up this morning and almost ready to go when Pasang (our sirdar) told us that we were going to stay put for the day because it was too windy. Winds of 110km/h were forecast and we have to negotiate a tricky ridge on the way up to Camp 3, which the Sherpas would… Read more

Moving on up

November 23, 2012 10:11

Haven’t moved far since yesterday, but the terrain between Camp 1 & 2 is pretty slow going. The route is all on fixed lines and is a combination of hauling oneself up on an ascender or traversing on a couple of karabiners. We’re now at just over 6,000m, so have climbed about 300m. Quite a… Read more

Stuck at Camp 1

November 22, 2012 05:38

It’s now 10 days since we first arrived in Base Camp. The first couple of days were spent checking climbing gear, planning food for our first trip up the hill, and training on fixed ropes like we’d be using from just below Camp 1. Last Thursday we began the next phase of acclimatisation by climbing… Read more

Heading off to Basecamp

November 11, 2012 10:53

Tonight is our last night in a building for what will probably be just over two weeks. Tomorrow we move to Ama Dablam basecamp, where we’ll live for most of that time, apart from the occasional foray up the hill. To begin with these will just be day climbs, but if all goes well then… Read more


November 10, 2012 13:16

The cards last night were considerably more successful than the previous night – I managed not to lose at all, which probably contributed to me sleeping so well. Apart from a brief awakening to use the pee bottle, I slept very soundly. The pee bottle isn’t a necessity in a lodge with toilets just down… Read more


November 9, 2012 11:22

One thing that never fails to amaze me is the enormous contrast between day and night (or sun and shade) temperatures. The last few days we’ve been walking in T-shirts, but once the sun goes in, the layers go on. We’re now sitting in a lodge at Deboche, and most people have two or three… Read more


November 8, 2012 08:02

The route from Monjo to Namche begins fairly calmly, meandering along the river and occasionally crossing one of the crazy swinging suspension bridges. After an hour though, it starts climbing, and goes on and on until you get to the village. Even when we did finally reach the village, the climbing continued as our lodge… Read more

Down and up to Monjo

November 6, 2012 12:05

Start: Lukla (2843m) End: Monjo (2846m) The first day of trekking began sometime after 11am, when we’d made sure all the bags had arrived from Lukla. It was a beautiful day, and we were soon stripping down to our base layers, slapping on the sunscreen and working on our tans. On the face of it,… Read more

Landed at Lukla


After a day relaxing and shopping in Kathmandu, we’re finally underway. Last time I flew to Lukla we got up early, got told the flight was cancelled, spent the next four days waiting for the weather to improve, and finally had to charter a helicopter to avoid the chaos at Kathmandu airport. This time, things… Read more