Category Archives: Everest 8848m (2015)

2015 recap

The expedition in 2015 was going well. We had a great trek into Base Camp and got settled in. Enjoyed our acclimatisation climb of the nearby peak Lobuche, the team were fantastic (the best I’ve had in fact) and IMG were excelling at providing a top notch guiding service as usual. After a month of […]

The retreat from Base Camp to Lukla

As soon as Base Camp was decimated teams were evacuating to Kathmandu and Lukla. By the time we had decided to pack up and leave, helicopters had stopped flying from the Khumbu valley to Kathmandu as it seemed that the Nepalese government would commandeer any helicopter which came down and then re-purpose it for aid […]

Base Camp to Camp 2 – The Earthquake

This was the first rotation to acclimatise up Everest. We were on a schedule ahead of most others which would see us move all the way through the Icefall, up to Camp 1, spend two nights and then up to Camp 2 to spend two nights. The plan was to then come back down to […]

Base Camp Rest and the Khumbu Icefall

Well as promised our schedule granted us a few rest days in Everest Base camp before we tackled the next part of our adventure. Although rest days, there were activities and training which took place to keep the blood pumping and to assist with the acclimatisation process. It’s amazing how lethargic you can become up […]

Everest Base Camp to Lobuche Summit and back

We left Everest Base Camp 6 days ago and trekked the 17kms back down to Lobuche Base Camp (4700m) where we had been a week before. The air was thick and we all slept well that night. The next morning packed up our climbing gear and headed up to Lobuche High Camp (5200m approx). We […]

Lobuche to Everest Base Camp

After three days in Lobuche Base Camp we made the move to EBC. This was the biggest day so far and after a long 17km trek gaining around 600m in elevation we found ourselves walking along a sharp lateral moraine (side ridge created by a receded glacier) which took us up and down over piles […]

Pheriche to Lobuche

After a few days resting in the last teahouse of our journey, we packed up and made the move to Lobuche Base Camp. Lobuche is a 6010m mountain we would need to climb in time to come as a type of technical training ground before we hit the larger obstacles on Everest (such as the […]

Tengboche to Pheriche

The next day was a move day from Tengboche to Pheriche which I was pretty sure I was going to sit out. I woke the next morning and felt a little better so decided to stick with the team and the schedule and move on up. The initial downhill felt good however the second we […]

Namche Bazar to Tengboche

On my first night in Namche Bazar I went to sleep with a sore throat which over the next few days had developed into a chest cold however I wasn’t too fazed as it didn’t seem to affect me much. After a few days in Namche taking advantage of the shops and stocking up on […]

Phakding to Namche Bazar

Our next destination was the famous Namche Bazar. This trek was amazing. The trail was increasing in gradient and the valley in full bloom with Cherry blossom and lush green pine trees with the roaring glacial river always by our side on the valley floor. Every 30 minutes or so we would pass through these […]

Kathmandu to Phakding

The next morning we woke at 6 am and headed to the airport to have another attempt at getting out to Lukla. We had decided that rather than waiting all day to get our flight (as we were now back of the queue) which could have been cancelled, that we will hire helicopters instead. Much […]

Kathmandu

Upon arrival in Kathmandu I was greeted by some local IMG staff who placed a necklace of chrysanthemums over my head packed my bags into their truck and drove me from the airport, through the dry, dusty and noisy streets of Kathmandu to our hotel. I have been to places before which have questionable driving […]

From Barcelona to Base Camp

Well this is it, my final post from the safety and warmth of my home in Barcelona. I have been racing around the city today buying up little last minute items I had forgotten or wanted replaced. The ‘City bag’ and duffels all packed, everything just fit in and the combined weight is 45Kgs which […]

Equipment Part Two – I love Stuff Sacks!

It took around 5 hours to organise but I have sorted and ‘stuff sacked’ everything I am taking with me and it all compresses down to this. Just as a reminder that was from this: I reckon that’s a pretty good effort! Just awaiting a helmet and some new insulated water bottle parkas to be […]

Equipment Part One

Well I have 95% of everything I now need. Just need to finalise my ‘sock solution’, little more food and documentation. I have divided up my equipment into two groups. Small things including food, medication, hygiene, electronics, climbing hardware, vision and documentation. Larger items such as clothing, boots, big climbing hardware and sleeping equipment. (on […]

8 days to go!

In one week and one day I drive to Barcelona airport to catch my Turkish airways flight to Kathmandu via Istanbul. I will spend two days there and we will then fly to Lukla airport where we begin our trek into Everest Base Camp. Mind and body I have done all I can to mentally […]

Training

The date today is the 18th of February 2015. I leave for Everest in 34 days. A lot of people ask me how I train for Everest so I thought I would give a summary of my routine here. But first a short video of some mountain specific training. I normally keep pretty fit but […]

It Begins

In July 2014 I was chatting to Paul, my friend from Aconcagua and he informed me that he had locked in his expedition to Everest in 2015. I also knew of a few other friends who were heading to Everest the same time. After much thought and deliberation I concluded that I should do Everest […]