Training for the Himalayan season


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.





Spring 2018 plans


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.

Our campervan is FOR SALE

Renault Master Diesel 2.2l Short Wheel Base HiTop

13 500 GBP £

We bought this van at the start of June 2017 and worked full time converting it for a tour of Europe as we are taking a year off work travelling.
We are now off to South America and selling the van.
We lived in it for 3 months and converted it accordingly with power (both solar and mains) and fresh water supply and waste tank. Also it has a gas cooker and a sink.
It is a short wheel base Renault Master and super stealth.
Renault Master SWB are very driveable and park in a normal car space with great turning circle for city and small road driving like the Alps.
We caught the ferry to Hook of Holland and went across to Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Czech, Austria, Italy, Slovenia and Croatia.
It is classed as a car / van and not a motorhome so ferry and road tolls etc are cheaper. It fits many place a MWB or LWB will not.
The fuel economy is much cheaper as the engine is 2.2l diesel but it still cruises all day on the autobahn at 120 – 130 km/h.

It was first registered in 2012 and has only 58k Miles.
We put it through the MOT in June and no advisories and it is still valid til June 2018.
We installed dark Privacy rear quarter windows on the back 2 windows and they also have blackout blinds.
The Leisure Battery can be charged by the vehicle battery as you drive along and also by the solar panel (100 watts) on the roof and also from the mains hookup. We would easily wild camp 4 days at a time and no drop in power only returning to a campsite for water refill or shower. The fridge is run off the leisure battery.
There is a 12 way fusebox from the Leisure battery so individual 12V outlets can be controlled. A digital display shows the voltage of the circuit normally 12.5 – 13 on solar and 14 when hooked up to mains.
There is a mains hookup exterior point for 240V plus consumer unit and 3 internal sockets / 2 USB and also an extension cable so you can plug in anywhere even at home in the UK.
The Leisure Battery charger from mains hookup is the latest and prevents overcharging or flow in the wrong direction.
The Solar Panel 110W is Roof Mounted via a roofrack so can be shifted and even more panels added for TVs etc. There is an interior control panel showing charge.
There is a 50l Dometic Fridge with icebox and also an additional Cooler Box from Berger that plugs in the cigarette lighters.
There are 6 USB charging points from leisure battery
A Split charge unit to charge leisure battery from vehicle battery
Lighting is provided by 3 overhead LED strip lights that run from leisure battery and when you are hooked up to the mains a further strip light can be used and also a 3 pin socket is available.
The sink plus 2 gas burners are connected to 15kg gas bottle
Fresh water and grey water tanks are located under the sink and emptied and filled easily.
There are 2 single front seats (passenger seat can easily be converted to swivel)
Black out curtains for 2 rear quarter windows
Insulated blackout blinds for front and front side windows
Accessed via the rear door there is under bed storage for 2 bikes. We deliberatly designed the van like this as the bikes are expensive and we wanted them inside and out of sight. Alternatively you could store more equipment, a toilet etc there. This space also contains all the electrical work for easy access.
Inside the van there are 8 large cupboards for storage and pull out.
There are many Cargo net storages around the van for smaller items.
An awning that can be held up by poles or tied to a tree and covers the side opening is also included to protect from the sun and rain.

As a ready to go pack for the continent and also included are:
8 tonne jack
Euro travel kit
Camp table
2 camp chairs
2 large beanbags
Crockery, pans, knives, plates, cups, cafetiere…

The decal of the climber has been removed.