Monthly Archives: April 2011

Even the best laid plans………!

Dear Family & Friends, It took a serious amount of will power to convince our bodies that getting out of an exceedingly warm and comfortable sleeping bag in the middle of the night to haul 25kgs 700 vertical meters from … Continue reading

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EBC lassitude.

Dear Family & Friends, After 3 days of slothfulness at EBC we realised there’s such a thing as too much rest and as we both suffered from medium to severe cases of ‘high altitude lassitude’ we figured it was about … Continue reading

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Hanging out at EBC……

Dear Family & Friends, Why do today what can be postponed…? Doing ones laundry is nowhere near the ‘Top 5 Things To Do when Resting at BC’ and a social visit to some of our neighbours is usually preferable. The … Continue reading

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C2 & the Western Cwm

Dear Family & Friends, Our 2nd load carry through the Khumbu Icefall on April 15th went well. Knowing the route, when to stop and when to speed up through a particularly dangerous area, like the 50m sprint beneath a huge … Continue reading

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EBC Puja & C1 load carry

Dear Family & Friends, In the Himalaya it is customary not to set foot on a mountain until you’ve had your Puja ceremony; this usually involves a blessing from a Lama who is seeking safe passage on the mountain for … Continue reading

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Acclimatisation

Dear Family & Friends, Human beings aren’t really supposed to live above 5000m; the highest village in the Everest National Park to be permanently inhabited is Dingpoche @ around 4300m. This altitude is close to the ceiling for growing crops … Continue reading

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The Khumbu Icefall

Dear Family & Friends, Immediately across from Everest BC is the formidable looking ‘Khumbu Icefall’. When climbing Everest from the South, the Nepal side, there’s no avoiding the icefall and in many ways it is considered the most dangerous part … Continue reading

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Hello from Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp at last! We arrived here on the 7th after an easy 2 hours walk from Gorak Shep @ 5140m, the last cluster of lodges before EBC. It was our intention to update the blog from Gorak Shep, … Continue reading

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