steve plain on the further faster podcast 28/06/2018
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Steve Plain talks of his world-record breaking 7 Summits expedition completed over 4 months in early 2018 when the expedition clock stopped atop Mt Everest on the 14th May 2018, shaving eight days off the previous world record. Click the image to listen Overcoming serious injury and hardship, Steve went from near permanent paralysis to climbing the tallest mountain on each continent over the space of a few years, culminating with Project 7in4, raising money for charity in the process.  Steve talks engagingly about the highs and lows of such... Read More

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Project 7in4 Break ‘7 Summits’ World Record

< Previous Page          Next Page > MONTANE SUPPORTED ‘PROJECT 7in4’ EXPEDITION SUMMIT MOUNT EVEREST, SETTING NEW ‘7 SUMMITS’ WORLD RECORD Having already ticked 6 of the 7 required summits off in good time, the expedition’s goal to break the ‘7Summits’ world speed record was achieved in the early hours of this morning, when Steve Plain and Montane Athlete Jon Gupta summited Mount Everest a full 9 days ahead of the previous world record. The ‘7 Summits’ is a pre-existing challenge to summit the tallest peak on... Read More

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Everest VII: A Record in Touching Distance

< Previous Page          Next Page > Gambling on the good weather holding, the team dash up the mountain to get themselves in as good a position as possible for their summit attempt. Everest Day 26, 10-May-2018 Back up to Camp 2, but still waiting. Today Jon and I came back up to Camp 2. The weather is forecast to improve in the coming days so we thought we’d come back up where we’re slightly better positioned for a summit attempt. However, with strong winds persisting today... Read More

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Everest VI: Meteorological Pyrotechnics

< Previous Page          Next Page > A thunderstorm breaks the monotony of basecamp life and threatens to improve conditions for a summit attempt. Everest Day 23, 07-May-2018 Another day in Basecamp. Another day waiting. It is a real shame to have come this far, to have completed the first six climbs in such quick succession and now to be stuck here waiting. But I guess that’s the nature of the beast. That’s the mountains. I don’t know how long this wait will continue for. The days down... Read More

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Jon Gupta’s 7in4: EVEREST iii

Weather, wind, socialising & the waiting game… Tour of Basecamp by 7in4 founder, project leader and all-round powerhouse Steve Plain (taken between laps of Kalapathar) Follow Jon’s Adventure <Previous Post         Next Post> Most teams are now finished with their acclimatisation rotations. Some are resting at basecamp & some have dropped a day or so lower down the valley to Pangboche 4000m or Namche 3400m to rest & recover quicker. The forecast is predicting strong winds for another 3-4 days at least & then maybe (that’s a big... Read More

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Jon Gupta’s 7in4: EVEREST II

Eschewing the tedium of basecamp, Team tin4 attempt a feat that epitomizes the ambition of the project and exemplifies the incredible drive and athleticism of the team. Follow Jon’s Adventure <Previous Post         Next Post> NUPTSE 7861m attempt On Tuesday 1st Steve, Tim, Adam & I, alongside Pemba & Cheddi Sherpa headed round from Everest Camp 2 6350m to the other side of the Western Cwm to Nuptse Camp 3 6830m in just under 3 hours. We dug out 2 tent platforms next to the 3 tents from... Read More

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Everest V: Delays and Demons

< Previous Page          Next Page > Delays begin to take their toll on morale.  Steve uses supporters’ messages to overcome his demons. Everest Day 19, 03-May-2018 Camp 2 back to Basecamp. Last night up at Camp 2 I slept 11hrs straight. Camp 2 is at about 6400m and up there I normally have quite broken sleep in the thin, cold air. But last night I passed out at 19:30 and didn’t wake until 06:30. Maybe it’s my acclimatisation improving or maybe it’s just how exhausted I... Read More

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Everest IV: Nuptse

< Previous Page          Next Page > Acclimatisation ramps up, with a tantalisingly close run-in with yet another iconic peak. Everest Day 16, 30-Apr-2018 Back up to Camp 2. This morning Jon, Tim and I set off from EBC a bit after 04:00 and headed back through the Khumbu Icefall and back up to Camp 2. With a few collapses and more movement in the Icefall the route isn’t as clean as it was when we first went through almost two weeks ago but still in pretty... Read More

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Everest III: 7in4 Supporters take over Base camp

< Previous Page          Next Page > The arrival of the Project7in4 Everest Base Camp Trekkers breaks the monotony of Basecamp life. Everest Day 9, 23-Apr-2018 Camp 1 to Camp 2. Today was a pretty easy day, just a gentle stroll up the Western Cwm from Camp 1 to Camp 2. We waited for the sun to hit at Camp 1 and set off at 08:50. Out of Camp 1 there are a few steep undulations in the glacier surface, almost like standing waves at the top... Read More

jon gupta 7in4 everest 26/04/2018
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Jon Gupta’s 7in4: EVEREST I

Living on the face of the world’s tallest mountain for 8 days so far, acclimatisation is the name of the game.  That and dealing with the time-consuming logistics and weather watching that is synonymous with the iconic mountain. Follow Jon’s Adventure <Previous Post         Next Post> Day 11 on Everest & all set to go! After flying into Lukla 2800m on 15th April & blasting up to Basecamp 5300m in just 3 days, we’ve spent the past 8 days acclimatising on Everest… 19th – We took a day... Read More