Summer in Pakistan – Gasherbrum 2

I was last in Pakistan in 2006. Things have changed somewhat and their excitement at having Imran Khan as PM is clear. The summer season started with a lot of snow which meant great climbing conditions once it had consolidated and we were the first to summit Gasherbrum 2, well ahead of the other groups.Continue reading “Summer in Pakistan – Gasherbrum 2”

Fall 2018

Original plans to spend September in Europe climbing changed quickly and now I’m leading 4 people to Cho Oyu in Tibet. Sixth highest of the 8000m peaks it is 8201m with stunning views onto Everest, Shishapangma, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and the whole Himalayan range. This will be my fourth time and this time I’ll beContinue reading “Fall 2018”

Kyrgyzstan

Arriving in Bishkek the capital of Krygyzstan in a heatwave, 40C. First stop Ibn Sina Peak popularly known as Pik Lenin, 7134m.

Everest 18 Roundup

The Numbers Game After extensive research and data collection during the 2018 Everest season here are the statistics   96% of UK Everest climbers are from public schools 85% of climbers are from the USA and India 52% of climbers have a gofundme profile 3% of climbers will arrive at camp 2 with their cramponsContinue reading “Everest 18 Roundup”

Training for the Himalayan season

  The best place to be in Europe this February and March was Spain. I managed to dodge the bad weather and get some great training on the bike, running and of course rock climbing. The Sierra mountain ranges and parques naturals just north of Malaga were stunning. The hills and crags in south eastContinue reading “Training for the Himalayan season”

High points in Europe 

  So we have spent nearly 2 months touring Europe in our newly converted van. We’ve been ticking the highest mountains of each country as we enjoy these amazing areas; Germany (Zugspitze), Slovakia (Gerlachovsky), Poland (Rysy), Czech (Snezka), Austria (Grossglockner) with more to come.

What we did and didn’t do on Everest

On 16th May 2017 I stood on the top of Everest. I wasn’t the youngest on the summit. I wasn’t the first Brit. I probably wasn’t even the first from my street in Sheffield. We did have the first Slovenian success from the North side. Ever. We didn’t make a big fuss about it. WhenContinue reading “What we did and didn’t do on Everest”