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Heading down

October 31, 2010 4:43 pm

We had a pretty relaxed start today, leaving base camp at around 09:00, by which time I’d managed to wash (in a bowl again), eat and sort out my kit. There was a small amount of blue sky when I crawled out of the tent but the change in the weather that Andy first spotted… Read more

Wide awake

6:12 am

I seem to be suffering from a weird form of jet-lag, caused by regularly getting up in the early hours for summit attempts and going to bed when it gets dark (around 8pm). Last night I had about 7 hours of great sleep, but woke up around 02:30 and haven’t really slept since then. Yesterday… Read more

Lobouje East

October 30, 2010 4:40 pm

Wow. What a climb. After setting off around 02:30, we hit the false summit at about 08:00 then Dowa, Mark, Andy and I reached the real summit at 08:35. After another incredibly clear and starry night, the wake-up call found us warm and cozy. Despite the clear skies, it was surprisingly warm – below zero,… Read more

D-Day

1:30 am

Yesterday afternoon, Dowa climbed up to put the fixed ropes in, and reported back that the route was in good condition and that the summit should be possible. Andy was non-committal when he told us, but I’m sure he’d like to get there too. We had the usual pre-summit meal in our tents last night:… Read more

Lobouje High Camp

October 29, 2010 1:58 pm

The walk up from Dughla to Base Camp yesterday afternoon took about two hours and, apart from the intial climb out of the settlement, wasn’t particularly strenuous. On arrival we rigged up a zip-wire for Ted, Andy’s teddy-bear, then sorted out the kit for High Camp and drank as much water as possible. Last night… Read more

The first sight of Lobouje

October 28, 2010 11:01 am

After days avoiding the crowds, we were back on the Everest Base Camp trail this morning, and I realised how lucky we’ve been the last few days. We’ve paused for lunch in Dughla, a settlement which consists simply of two lodges, feeding about six million trekkers (Acute Mountain Snobbery again). The route from Dingboche to… Read more

Shower time

October 27, 2010 8:14 pm

Yesterday we dropped down from Island Peak Base Camp, through Chukhung and back to Dingboche. The lodge we stayed in last time was full, so we checked into one with a very welcome warm shower – the first time most of us had had a decent wash since Namche Bazaar ten days ago. This time… Read more

Island Peak

October 26, 2010 7:28 pm

Yesterday morning I wrote before we left Island Peak Base Camp. In the afternoon we climbed up to Island Peak High Camp, then this morning eight out of nine clients summitted at 6,189m. We’re now back at IPBC, utterly exhausted but hugely proud and satisfied. The walk up was flat as far as the “real”… Read more

The calm before the storm

October 25, 2010 10:04 am

It feels like the calm before the storm at the moment. We’re waiting at IPBC, bags packed, tents down, and the team is filling in time before we set off on the walk to High Camp. One of the strangest things about this trip is the time spent waiting. Even disregarding the first few weather-affected… Read more

On to the next one

October 24, 2010 5:03 pm

I’m feeling a lot better today, both physically and mentally. Today we dropped down from Pokalde Base Camp to Chukhung (4,730m) for lunch then began the climb up towards Island Peak. We’re now at Island Peak Base Camp (4,960m), which is at about the same altitude as Pokalde Base Camp where we were this morning. The… Read more

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