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.

Return to the Himalaya

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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 –

https://www.instagram.com/seanjdjames/

and

http://www.jagged-globe.co.uk/news/

 

Thanks to Thuraya and CygnusTelecom in Dubai for supporting all communications with an XT Pro satphone and IP+

http://www.thuraya.com/

http://www.cygnustelecom.com/

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A lot has happened since April …

From Dubai to Everest

My last post back in April 2015 had us on the North Col of Everest. Since then we suffered one of the worst earthquakes seen in Nepal.

To help raise funds for those Sherpas and Nepalis that we were with, I have published a book “From Dubai to Everest”.

All royalties will go directly to those people.

It tells the story of our expedition and also gives information about the places and people that we encountered.

Available on

http://amzn.com/1512121924

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1512121924

https://www.createspace.com/5488301

Almost the first view of Everest

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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 bags and gear manage to get across the border and find us.

Kathmandu

Kathmandu

Final days of tranquility in Kathmandu before the clients arrive and we head off to Langtang for some acclimatisation trekking

We have been staying in The Eco Resort Hotel in Thamel

It’s quiet gardens are a haven of peace away from the busy streets

Media media media…

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These last days are all about the media !!!

Even got a Twitter account @mymountainhighs

Final preparations & Everest route download

Final preparations

A final hike in the Hajar mountains before Everest

 

Download the complete route information from this link and follow the expedition

https://www.dropbox.com/s/0zkc2zcossjn504/Everest%20North.kmz?dl=0

.kmz can be opened with Google Earth

 

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.

Everest North Ridge 2015 – 8850m

Everest North 2015

The adventure continues…

Leaving Dubai for Nepal to climb the North Ridge of Everest in 2015 – 8850m

This has been made much easier by the support of some fantastic companies in the Middle East

@gosportme @almekshah  GoSportMiddleEast  Sportinlife   GuEnergy   Mulebar   Aqualyte   OutdoorUAE    NiteWatches

Sharing experiences of 8000m expeditions

Sharing experiences of 8000m expeditions with the UAE military

Recently I had the opportunity to share my experiences of leading high altitude climbing expeditions around the world with the UAE military

They are planning to climb Cho Oyu in 2015 and then Everest in 2016