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.
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22nd July we reached the summit of Pik Lenin, 7134m.
Now back for a few days rest in Osh and Bishkek before heading to Khan Tengri and Pik Pobeda.
Arriving in Bishkek the capital of Krygyzstan in a heatwave, 40C.
First stop Ibn Sina Peak popularly known as Pik Lenin, 7134m.
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 east Spain around Valencia are a treasure in the winter and full of the pro cycle teams.
Watch for details of pre-Everest / 8000m training camps in January and February 2019 to bring you up to speed and be ready for the Spring season.
Everest North Side again in 2018.
This time a new approach into Tibet through the land border that is now open at Kyirong.
Still time to join the full exped or just the North Col / Lhakpa Ri. Both are great climbs to 7000m.
Aconcagua and Argentina is always such a great trip to lead.
On the 8th January, the 13 who started out for the summit all 13 stood on the top of the highest mountain in the Western and Southern Hemispheres.
Everest North Ridge 16 May 2017
Fond memories of summit day on 16th May 2017 on Everest North Ridge.
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It’s been at least 15 years since I clipped bolts seriously on steep overhanging limestone.
Climbing in the Frankenjura for the first time was incredible along with our visits to the mega “kletterhalle” of Munich, Vienna and Innsbruck has made we wish I was younger.
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.