Big Plans 2016

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El Chalten

Monte_Fitz_Roy,_El_Chalten,_Santa_Cruz,_Argentina

Monte Fitz Roy

In addition to leading a number of commercial expeditions I’m super excited to be climbing in Patagonia and Chile in February and March this year

Let’s hope the weather is kind and we can crack some of these stunning lines

The winter season has started in the UAE

All the courses and hikes are now up and running in the mountains of the UAE and Oman.

Choose from rock climbing, biking and hiking. Sean has such a vast experience of leading clients in this region that there will always be somewhere new to explore for individuals and groups.

Contact seanjdjames (at) yahoo.co.uk or call / Whatsapp +971 (0) 50 124 6478

https://mymountainhighs.com/middle-east-adventures/

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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

Everest reflections so far

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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 and the initial excitement and questions have died down.
Hopefully there will be less questions and probing -what have you climbed before?” or “how high have you been?”.

The 9 remaining Everest team members, all with varying degrees of experience and none having climbed above 8000m now know what they are up against. The trek was not without its problems and we had to overcome cases of altitude sickness, GI problems, gear breakage and loss.

How many will be there on the summit in the middle of May?

Our day in Kathmandu will be time to collect our thoughts before we head to China where we await our turn to enter the Death Zone and claim our prize for 2 months of hardship.

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

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

 

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

The Travel Show – Dubai Eye

Dubai Eye

Tuesdays is The Travel Show on Dubai Eye and my regular slot as the adventure expert

This week was rock climbing in the region and around the world

Here I am showing Mark and Michelle the March issue of OutdoorUAE and the special women’s issue to recognise International Women’s Day

Dubai International Boat Show

Evening talk about adventure in Musandam, Oman

Giving a talk at Dubai International Boat Show on behalf of the magazine, OutdoorUAE

The subject was adventure possibilities in Musandam, Oman particularly coaststeering

Amazing products and super yachts on display at Mina Seyahi

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