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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

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

Ama Dablam appears

October 19, 2010 2:45 pm

The sky finally cleared last night, and even under the light of the moon, the views were amazing. For the first time, we saw the iconic shape of Ama Dablam, and I spent ages trying (not entirely successfully) to get a decent long-exposure night-time photo. This morning it was still clear, the beautiful blue sky… Read more

Acclimatisation in Namche

October 17, 2010 11:57 am

I spent yesterday afternoon relaxing in the lodge while some of the group visited the shops down in the village. I had a lovely shower, then played some cards and had a frustrating game of Scrabble. We had a very good buffet dinner in the evening then carried on playing cards, though I seem to… Read more

More yak traffic

October 16, 2010 2:32 pm

The most popular Nepalese beer with our group so far is called Everest. There’s a special edition out at the moment with a picture of a Sherpa called Nima Gombu on the label, celebrating the fact that he’s climbed Everest twelve times. His brother, Nima Temba, is our sirdar (chief Sherpa) and he’s also been… Read more

Setting off up the Khumbu

October 15, 2010 4:55 pm

Today began pretty slowly as everyone got to grips with our new lodge-based lifestyle, after the luxury of the Summit Hotel. Washing this morning was limited to a bucket of warm water on the wall outside the lodge, or the cold tap inside the building. We had breakfast about 07:30 and after a certain amount… Read more