Monthly Archives: April 2012

  • Jaco updates us on the Camp 2 trek

    April 29, 2012

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    Hello everyone. Jaco here – Jaco van Gass. It is the 29th of April our second day in Camp 2, making our way up Mt Everest. Yesterday morning we left about one o’clock from Everest Base Camp making our way to crampon point, which is the start of the Khumbu Ice Fall, and making our …
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  • The Doc explains the final preparation

    April 27, 2012

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    The team has spent many months preparing for this challenge and Francis ‘The Doc’ Atkinson explains the final few things which need to be finalised prior to heading onwards and upwards to the top of Mt Everest.  

  • Final Day in Base Camp

    April 26, 2012

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    Hello everyone, this is Jaco here leaving a voicemail for you all. Today is our final day in Base Camp – we are all set and ready to go. The first team has left last night, round about one o’clock and made their way through Khumbu Ice Fall all safe and sound, passing Camp 1 …
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  • The Nepalese Puja blessing

    April 25, 2012

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    It is tradition that all who attempt to climb Mt Everest partake in a ceremony to bring luck to the expedition party and avoid angering the gods. Our team took part in this colourful and fascinating ritual and had various items of kit blessed, so as to ensure their safe and successful passage to the …
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  • Jaco describes the Ice Fall training

    April 25, 2012

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    Hi everyone, Jaco here. Another great day here in Everest Base Camp. Today we got the good news – we’ve finally been put into two teams. There’s 23 climbers all-in-all to climb Everest with Himalayan experience this year, and out of those 23 obviously the Walking With The Wounded group together with the camera team …
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  • David Wiseman explains Lobuche summit

    April 24, 2012

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    The most dangerous and unpredictable stage of the climb on Everest is the Khumbu Ice Fall, which just happens to be the first part of the climb.  Therefore, in order to reduce the amount of times required to negotiate the Ice Fall, we chose to conduct acclimatisation on a different mountain – Mount Lobuche. We …
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  • Karl reports back from Lobuche acclimatisation

    April 23, 2012

    Karl Hinett takes a tentative step

    We all arrived back at Everest Base Camp yesterday to what felt like relative comfort. We’d spent the last week trailing up and down Lobuche to aid in our acclimatization process, finishing the week off by spending two nights on the summit of this 6,000m mountain. Personally I didn’t think it was easy getting to …
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  • Support Team Trek in

    April 23, 2012

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    After an easy day by the swimming pool at the Hyatt hotel Kathmandu it was time for action. We all flew from Kathmandu airport to Lukla airport 2840M. The flight was very interesting with us flying on a small aeroplane and hitting several air pockets on the way. The trek was very gradual with plenty …
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  • Khumbu Ice Field Training

    April 22, 2012

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    Martin Hewitt explain the process by which the team has set about preparing to tackle one of the most challenging parts of the journey to the top of Mt Everest, the Khumbu Ice Field. Being able to cross crevasses and manoeuvre across dangerous ice formations can quite literally be the difference between life and death. …
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  • Lobuche and back again. Easy.

    April 21, 2012

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    Hi, hello everyone this is Jaco here, speaking from the Walking With the Wounded Everest Team 2012. The whole team is back in Base Camp after a double summit push of Lobuche. Lobuche is a peak just over 6,000m and it’s one of the phases of our acclimatisation period. The last six days we’ve spent …
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