Pik Lenin

22nd July we reached the summit of Pik Lenin, 7134m.

Now back for a few days rest in Osh and Bishkek before heading to Khan Tengri and Pik Pobeda.

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Arriving in Bishkek the capital of Krygyzstan in a heatwave, 40C.

First stop Ibn Sina Peak popularly known as Pik Lenin, 7134m.

Another Aconcagua success

Aconcagua and Argentina is always such a great trip to lead.

On the 8th January, the 13 who started out for the summit all 13 stood on the top of the highest mountain in the Western and Southern Hemispheres.

Rekindling a love of sport climbing

 

It’s been at least 15 years since I clipped bolts seriously on steep overhanging limestone.

Climbing in the Frankenjura for the first time was incredible along with our visits to the mega “kletterhalle” of Munich, Vienna and Innsbruck has made we wish I was younger.

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.

Manaslu – it’s been a while

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It has been a while since the last post but a lot has happened.

The Fall in Nepal saw awesome weather and me and a team of 5 friends summitted Manaslu, 8160m.

This is the 8th highest mountain in the world and absolutely stunning.

We did not use bottled oxygen but had a strong team of Sherpas who helped with the setting of high camps and the ropes.

Updates on expeditions will be here but more often than not on Instagram due to restricted bandwidth.

https://www.instagram.com/seanjames70/

 

 

 

Tingri at last

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A lot has happened since we left the Summit Hotel in Kathmandu on the 19th April.

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Our flight to Lhasa was delayed 6 hours due to bad weather and no plane being available.

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We finally took off and got some views of Everest below us in the clouds before descending to Lhasa airport only to divert to Chengdu because of turbulent conditions. Chengdu is another 90 minutes flight away and we arrived at midnight. The whole plane was bused to a hotel, given 3 hours sleep and picked up again at 04.50 to catch another flight, hopefully to Lhasa. Finally landing at 10.00 the next morning. Only 24 hours delayed.

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Our young, friendly and keen Chinese Liason officer apologized profusely for the weather and we spent the next 2 nights exploring Lhasa and the Potala Palace.

The usual general maladies and sicknesses such as colds and GI problems hit the group and will be gone hopefully by the time we hit basecamp. On leaving Lhasa we paid a quick visit to a dentist to cap a tooth broken the night before.

Last night we stayed in Shigatse, 3800m and Tibet’s 2nd city we had a quick walk around the Tashilhunpo Monastery before dinner to stretch the legs. We are now quite high and climbing the stairs of the hotel is testing our lung capacity. Luckily we were presented with disposable oxygen cyclinders.

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Tibet has changed a lot since last year and everything is looking very new, tidy and ready for tourists.

 

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