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”


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

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

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

Dress to Impress

So impressed with GoSportMe and Millet The only place in the UAE to get the best clothes and equipment that I need for Everest Wait til you see the down summit suit !!!

Looking forward to seeing these guys soon

Without these guys, climbing high mountains is impossible A 2 part article about the background of the Sherpa people and some of the great mountaineers and people that I have climbed with See you all in a couple of days in KTM Mingma Tsiri Sherpa, Ang Dawa Sherpa, Dawa Jamba Sherpa, Jangbu Sherpa, Ongchhu Sherpa,Continue reading “Looking forward to seeing these guys soon”