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 stop you slipping.
Large numbers of “climbers” on a single rope can cause delays and getting cold is a serious problem.
Although a part of climbing, many people on Everest are inexperienced in moving up and down fixed lines, relying on their #sherpas to clip them in and manage the change overs at anchors.                                            
A great lengthy article in the Guardian recently tried to describe the current Everest season antics.



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 have a fine collection by the end of the 2 months.

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 miss out on.

The men of the village threatened to beat our Sherpas who called the local police.

Follow me – Here’s the Everest schedule

Everest Preparations

            2015                Sean’s Everest North Side Itinerary

Thu      26-Mar-15       1          Sean leaves Dubai for Kathmandu

Fri        27-Mar-15       2          Kathmandu exploration

Sat       28-Mar-15       3          Kathmandu Thamel

Sun      29-Mar-15       4          Formalities and final Preparations

Mon     30-Mar-15       5          Drive to Syabrubensi.

Tue      31-Mar-15       6          Trek to Lama Hotel, 5hours

Wed     01-Apr-15        7          Trek to the village of Langtang (3,307m). 5 hours walking.

Thu      02-Apr-15        8          Trek to the monastery of Kyanjin. 4 hours walking.

Fri        03-Apr-15        9          Acclimatisation. Ascend Tsergo Ri (4850m) approx 5 hours round

Sat       04-Apr-15        10        Trek to Base Camp. 3 hours walking.

Sun      05-Apr-15        11        Trek to High Camp. 3 hours walking.

Mon     06-Apr-15        12        Naya Kanga Summit Day (5846m). 15 hours

Tue      07-Apr-15        13        Spare day for extra acclimatisation or a second summit attempt.

Wed     08-Apr-15        14        Return to Kyajin. 2 hours walking.

Thu      09-Apr-15        15        Return to Lama Hotel. 4 hours walking.

Fri        10-Apr-15        16        Return to roadhead and drive to Kathmandu. 2 hours walking & 8 hour drive.

Sat       11-Apr-15        17        Drive to Tingri (4300m)

Sun      12-Apr-15        18        Drive to BC (5200m)

Mon     13-Apr-15        19        Rest Day

Tue      14-Apr-15        20        Acclimatisation (6000m)

Wed     15-Apr-15        21        Acclimatisation

Thu      16-Apr-15        22        Group Move to Intermediate Camp (5700m)

Fri        17-Apr-15        23        Move to ABC (6400m)

Sat       18-Apr-15        24        Rest day ABC

Sun      19-Apr-15        25        Acclimatisation

Mon     20-Apr-15        26        Climb to North Col (7032m)

Tue      21-Apr-15        27        Reserve Day for climb to North Col

Wed     22-Apr-15        28        Reserve Day for climb to North Col

Thu      23-Apr-15        29        Reserve Day for climb to North Col

Fri        24-Apr-15        30        Rest day ABC

Sat       25-Apr-15        31        Return to BC

Sun      26-Apr-15        32        Rest Period

Mon     27-Apr-15        33        Rest Period

Tue      28-Apr-15        34        Rest Period

Wed     29-Apr-15        35        Rest Period

Thu      30-Apr-15        36        Rest Period

Fri        01-May-15      37        Return to ABC

Sat       02-May-15      38        Rest day ABC

Sun      03-May-15      39        Move to North Col

Mon     04-May-15      40        Push to 7500m Overnight at North Col

Tue      05-May-15      41        Return to ABC

Wed     06-May-15      42        Return to BC

Thu      07-May-15      43        Rest Period

Fri        08-May-15      44        Rest Period

Sat       09-May-15      45        Rest Period

Sun      10-May-15      46        Rest Period

Mon     11-May-15      47        Rest Period

Tue      12-May-15      48        Return to ABC

Wed     13-May-15      49        Rest day ABC

Thu      14-May-15      50        Move to North Col

Fri        15-May-15      51        Move to 7800m

Sat       16-May-15      52        Move to 8200m

Sun      17-May-15      53        Summit Days

Mon     18-May-15      54        Summit Days

Tue      19-May-15      55        Summit Days

Wed     20-May-15      56       Summit Days

Thu      21-May-15      57        Summit Days

Fri        22-May-15      58       Summit Days

Sat       23-May-15      59        Summit Days

Sun      24-May-15      60       Summit Days

Mon     25-May-15      61        Summit Days

Tue      26-May-15      62        Summit Days

Wed     27-May-15      63        Descent

Thu      28-May-15      64        Clear Mountain

Fri        29-May-15      65        Clear Mountain

Sat       30-May-15      66        Clear ABC

Sun      31-May-15      67        Back to BC

Mon     01-Jun-15        68        Clear BC

Tue      02-Jun-15        69        Drive to Nylam

Wed     03-Jun-15        70        Drive to Kathmandu

Thu      04-Jun-15        71        Depart Kathmandu.