Tag Archives: Equipment

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]