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”

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”

Return to the Himalaya

In a few days, I’ll be returning to Kathmandu. It will be the 3rd time I’ve led a group on Cho Oyu, 8201m. The 6th highest mountain in the world. Last time we had a weather window and were lucky with great views from the summit. You can follow progress on the following links –Continue reading “Return to the Himalaya”

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”

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”

Dubai Eye 103.8 – The Travel Show

Great to speak with Mark on The Travel Show at Dubai Eye Tune in today at 3.30 to catch up on whats been happening Will be speaking regularly with the guys throughout the next 2 months Www.dubaieye1038.com

It can only get better

Amazing food and restaurant life in Thamel, Kathmandu Not a good start to the Everest expedition, cracked a tooth on the plane and now waiting a root canal