Tag Archives: seven summits

The final descent – South Col to Base Camp

The afternoon we arrived back to the South Col after the summit we were spent. Completely destroyed. In the tent, we had a chat with Tim about the pros and cons of staying the night at the South Col vs descending to Camp 2 where our bodies would get a much better rest. The Sherpa […]

Mount Everest Summit Day

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 […]

Base Camp to the South Col (Camp 4)

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 […]

Update – The Final Push

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, […]

Camp 2 and above

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 […]

The Khumbu Icefall and beyond

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 […]

Barcelona

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. […]

Base Camp to Hell

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 […]

Dingboche to Base Camp

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 […]

Gokyo to Dingboche

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 […]

The Renjo La Pass (5360m)

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 […]

Elbrus 5642m

Soviet Highs With McKinley still in my thoughts everyday, I was unpacking my equipment one day and had a thought. Elbrus expeditions leave soon and I couldn’t be in better shape to tackle that peak than right now. I got in contact with IMG and agreed a good rate, paid my fees and started to […]

Denali 6194m

‘The High One’ With only about 4 months between Aconcagua and Mt McKinley in Alaska (also known as Denali or ‘The High One’), I knew I had a LOT of training to do. McKinley is serious. McKinley is proper. McKinley is cold (some say the coldest mountain in the world). McKinley is technical. I was scared […]

Aconcagua 6962m

‘The Stone Sentinel’ In June 2012 I was due to climb Mt McKinley in Alaska as I had already paid the deposit. When it came time to preparation, I realised I was not physically or mentally ready for this expedition and still a little jaded from my terrible performance on Kilimanjaro. I managed to move […]

Kilimanjaro 5895m

It began in Africa In 2011, I managed to convince my wife Alejandra and a couple of friends to join me on my climb up Kilimanjaro. After Mont Blanc I have to admit I was pretty confident. I even made the mistake of thinking I was naturally good at coping at higher altitudes. Oh how I […]