A change of plan sets the scene for a potential ‘summitfest’ in the slow-motion world of ultra-high altitude. 14.05.19 14:25 Not the result I hoped for but we are down & safe which is the main thing. 18:04 Well, a variety of factors played out against us today on Nuptse. Despite breaking trail & fixing a bunch of rope yesterday (in pretty challenging conditions) the trail had all but disappeared and the ropes were buried under fresh snow. The difficult became even more challenging. The route, as we were already aware, is... Read More
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Tim begins his big push towards Nuptse 06.05.19 08:45 So … now that the ropes have been fixed to The South Col it’s time for teams to start establishing C3 and their S Col camps. But not yet, as the weather has put things on hold for the moment. Tents, gas, food, oxygen, stoves, and equipment will be ferried up the Lhotse Face whilst team members complete their second rotation or, if they’ve done that already, they’ll be resting up. Once the winds above the S Col abate the fixing team... Read More
This week weather plagues the expedition, and Tim finally announces PROJECT 321’s complete objectives. 29.04.19 10:38 Here’s a pano that I took a couple of years back showing the Lhotse Face and all the way back down The Western Cwm This year the Lhotse Face is looking quite icy at the moment … the snow from last week having been blown away. Currently it’s fixed up to upper Camp 3 but the Climbing Sherpa fixing team will be trying to forge ahead over the next few days to The South Col... Read More
21.04.19 05:58 I think this lot should suffice for a couple of nights on the hill. On the hill we often suffer from a loss of appetite which is perverse when we’re burning so much energy. So I tend to go for snacks rather than meals. 13:28 After a mostly cloudy day we’ve just been granted a final glimpse of Nuptse. Great views … but it’s chuffing freezing. Time for dinner and then bed. 22.04.19 07:47 What do you do on a rest day when you’re at Everest Base Camp? Well, it starts... Read More
14.04.19 Everest Base Camp … home for the next 5 to 6 weeks or so. I say ‘home’ … they’ll be various forays on the hill visiting Camp 1 and Camp 2 and getting well and truly acclimatised. When we’re on the hill, despite trying, most people don’t drink enough, eat enough or sleep enough so Base Camp is a great sanctuary to return to after each rotation. Enjoy the view … https://www.mountainpanoramas.com/___p/___p.html?panoid=2014_M1&fbclid=IwAR0s3gTDWoAr-osAXAIPlF2FdT_NkK7tPEHzHg8oyPrCxxUH7mfbycIMhUc 15.04.19 Loitered at Gorak Shep for a couple of hours yesterday until the snow cleared and then... Read More
Montane athlete Jon Gupta sets a new English speed ascent record for Mt Kilimanjaro of just 8 hours 11 minutes. 2017 is Jon Gupta’s year. Starting in January, he and Tom Sutherland became the first team ever to complete the 430 mile category of the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra, enduring temperatures as low as -44°C over a gruelling 12 days. In May, not only did he guide client Mollie Hughes into the record books (she became the youngest woman in the world to scale Everest successfully from both north and... Read More