Category Archives: Everest 2017

None of us slept that night due to the trepidation of what was ahead and partly because once again it was damn uncomfortable in the tent! The alarm went off at 11:15pm and we again started the process of boiling ice for 3 people to drink straight away and to top up our bottles for […]

Sorry for the delay. It has been an eventful two weeks! We finally decided that the 26th or 27th would be the time to move up the mountain. Despite all the other teams moving up earlier and the weather turning out to be either perfect or a little windy on those days, Tim insisted that […]

This is a summary post just to provide a quick update. More detailed posts will come next week. After 6 days in Namche we returned to Base Camp on the afternoon of the 17th. There were weather windows opening in the next few days and we could have headed straight up the hill but Tim, […]

It was good to arrive at Camp 2 albeit a bit lonely as the rest of the team and guides were down in Base Camp but after my 24 hours of solitude in Camp 1, I was used to it. The Sherpa came to hang out with me now and then and they are a […]

Apologies for the lack of updates as of late however I have been freezing somewhere around 6500m completely off the grid for the past week. This is a long post. I hope you can bear with it, I have tried to keep it to the bare essentials. Another will follow immediately after. When my plane […]

The journey back was truly a living hell. Any weight on my left foot was sheer agony and not possible. I hobbled my way around Istanbul airport with my ankle swelling to the size of a grapefruit, why it took this long to swell and start bruising? I don’t know, maybe temperature, maybe altitude, maybe psychological. […]

Everest base camp is a mess of rock, mud and a spattering of yak shit, all on top of a massive moving chunk of ice. There is not one flat area anywhere in the camp. It is a twisted, winding, grinding mess of a place which is constantly changing with ice spires protruding from the […]

Sorry for the delay in getting this post out but things have gone a little pear shaped as of late. Before we get onto that, we should pick up from where we left off – departing Dingboche. We sorted our gear into what we would need for the next few days camping up near the Kongma […]

We have been offline for days. Next post will be published hopefully tomorrow. We are currently in Gorakshep, the last town before Everest Base Camp. We can see the summit from here.  The trekking is almost complete. The climbing will soon begin. This is our view while we wait for our lunch. Our porter’s loads […]

We were supposed to stay in Gokyo for two nights and that made sense as the day we arrived was a big one. It took some of the team over 8 hours to over the pass and down to Gokyo and were understandably exhausted afterwards, however due to changes in some people’s itineraries we had […]

We woke at 3:30am, ate our breakfast in the dark with our head torches on, got our kit bags packed and backpacks readied in the cold morning silence. After some delays, we left the Lungden View Lodge at 4:40am. Everything was black apart from the glittering star filled sky above. We marched uphill with our […]

Our last morning in Thame we woke up to a beautiful white landscape after a heavy snowfall the night before. The porters played football in the snow covered field next to the tea house while we ate our breakfast and got ready to leave. We climbed a small hill and then peeled down into the […]

After a good couple of days in Kyamjuma we packed up our gear and made our way to Thame. We immediately climbed uphill to a huge town – the biggest in the Khumbu – called Khumjung. Khumjung is the administrative capital of the Khumbu valley and the location of the Khumjung Secondary School which was established […]

Upon arrival into Lukla we made our way around the runway to a restaurant where we ate breakfast and had a quick briefing from our expedition leader Tim Mosedale. After going over the particulars of hygiene, trail safety and tea house etiquette, we put on our packs and started moving. When heading into the Khumbu […]

After a zippy 13 hour flight without delays on Turkish Airlines, I touched down in Tribhuvan airport on Saturday the 25th at 11am. I managed to be one of the first off the plane so got ahead of the other 250 odd passengers, promptly sorted out my visa, collected my bags and got out of there. I was […]

New challenges 5 months after getting back from Everest in 2015 we had a beautiful baby girl we called Charlie and everything changed! I could not go to Everest in 2016 for obvious reasons which was good that I got to spend time with Charlie in those early months but also disappointing in the fact […]

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 […]