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.

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

Just over 30 days til Everest

Getting ready for Everest
Getting ready for Everest in March 2015

Proud to be supported by a great company here in DubaiĀ  #nitewatches @nitewatches

Preparations are ramping up for Mount Everest in March

The Icon from Nite Watches will go to the summit, 8850m

 

A taste of adventure

A taste of adventure

If you’re in Dubai, come and see the talk at SportsZone on 10th February 2015

I’ve led expeditions to the most dangerous and beautiful mountains in the world.

Taken clients into the Death Zone and returned. I now brings his tales from over 8000m to Dubai.

The evening will show adventures from the Middle East region including Stairway to Heaven and The Musandam Peninsula.

A whistle stop tour of the planet including notable peaks such as Cho Oyu, Broad Peak, Ama Dablam, Khan Tengri and Aconcagua. There will be opportunity to ask questions about the expeditions and trips he is leading for OutdoorArabia.