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.

Manaslu – it’s been a while

It has been a while since the last post but a lot has happened. The Fall in Nepal saw awesome weather and me and a team of 5 friends summitted Manaslu, 8160m. This is the 8th highest mountain in the world and absolutely stunning. We did not use bottled oxygen but had a strong teamContinue reading “Manaslu – it’s been a while”

Tingri at last

A lot has happened since we left the Summit Hotel in Kathmandu on the 19th April. Our flight to Lhasa was delayed 6 hours due to bad weather and no plane being available. We finally took off and got some views of Everest below us in the clouds before descending to Lhasa airport only toContinue reading “Tingri at last”

Big Plans 2016

El Chalten Monte Fitz Roy In addition to leading a number of commercial expeditions I’m super excited to be climbing in Patagonia and Chile in February and March this year Let’s hope the weather is kind and we can crack some of these stunning lines

Everest – The North Col

The steep climb to the North Col. This is the first technical piece of climbing on #everest. A 400m steep ice and snow slope that finishes at camp 1, #northcol, 7000m. It is equipped with fixed ropes and requires a #jumar – a mechanical device that fixes from your harness to the rope to stopContinue reading “Everest – The North Col”

Almost the first view of Everest

It was snowing when we woke up. The group set off after breakfast from Tingri in Tibet to hike up to a hill above the town at about 5000m. The weather was changeable and cloudy all day so Everest has not revealed itself yet. Tomorrow we will hopefully travel on to Basecamp if our bagsContinue reading “Almost the first view of Everest”

Down time

On an Everest expedition there is always lots of time free. Team members find many different ways to amuse themselves: Reading, writing, growing strange facial hair, discussing the Bristol Stool Scale, making rock sculptures, listening to music… Here ex-headmaster Andy is restimulating his interest in art. Kept company by a local cat, he will haveContinue reading “Down time”

Cold and windy

Even at only 4800m it’s cold and windy. We will be climbing nearly double that to 8850m in a few weeks. On our trek out we had to avoid an angry confrontation with teahouse owners who thought they had our booking. 14 western trekkers with dinner and breakfast is a lot of income to missContinue reading “Cold and windy”

Everest reflections so far

Today we arrive back in Kathmandu after our 10 days trekking to acclimatise. We are 14 people and will say goodbye to 3 before heading to Everest Basecamp in China on the north side. We reached an altitude of 5600m and as a team have got to know each other. The barriers have dropped andContinue reading “Everest reflections so far”