Dispatches

Please note that I only do dispatches for the British teams/climbers.

29th April 2017

South Side

Adventure Consultants – Rob Smith UK Paul Pheby UK

This morning Ang Dorje and Paul Pheby left the comforts of Base Camp and headed for Camp 2. Tomorrow they will spend the day resting. The rest of the team will join them tomorrow where they hope to reach Camp 3 in a few days.

The teams Sherpas have now delivered the first load of equipment to the South Col, Camp 4.

Adventure Consultants report that in Base Camp the mornings are fine but come the afternoon it is overcast and a lot cooler.

Himex – Jeff Smith UK and David Tait UK

Yesterday the team spent time practising using oxygen masks, to get them ready for when they enter the Death Zone.

They are spending a few more days in Base Camp before starting there second acclimatisation trip.

International Mountain Guides – James Brooman UK

James reports that the weather forecast had changed a little which has stopped him moving back up the mountain. He said “Ongoing high winds, gusting towards 100mph, are forecast on for Camp 4 and 60+mph for Camp 3 at the start of my rotation, rather than dying down as expected.”

James will remain in Base Camp for another day or so but keeping an eye on the weather.

Kenton Cool Expeditions – Kenton Cool UK and Rob Owen UK

Kenton and Rob have used their rest day as a trek to Pumori Camp 1 for acclimatisation.

Everest Expedition – Tim Mosedale UK Rory McHugh UK

Tim and his team enjoyed a relaxing few days at EBC catching up with chores etc. On Thursday some of the team went down to Gorak Shep for the richer air and change of scenery.

Yesterday they had a lesson on how to use the oxygen system that they will be using when sleeping at Camp 2 and Camp 3 and on the use of high altitude medicine/injections.

The team are now cat Camp 2 where they will spend three nights sleeping before tagging Camp 3 on the Lhotse Face and then returning to Base Camp.

North Side

Mountain Expeditions – Jon Gupta UK and Mollie Hughes UK

Jon and Mollie are still resting up in Base Camp. They are hoping to head up to the North Col early next week. Their Sherpas are still at ABC and will be ascending to higher camps over the next few days with gear and equipment.

Jon has reported some very important news…….”we are half way through our box of Cream Eggs & our box of Fudge Bars!”

Alpenglow Expeditions – Adrian Ballinger UK

The team are continuing doing there acclimatization hikes, which will help them acclimatise and adapt to the environment.

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28th April 2017

South Side

Adventure Consultants – Rob Smith UK Paul Pheby UK

Today has been another rest day at Base Camp for the team. They are now focusing on their next acclimatization trip, which will be in a couple of days.

The teams Sherpas are working hard as always, some of them are involved in fixing the ropes from the South Col all the way to the summit.

Gurkha Everest Team UK

Some of the team has ascended the Lhotse Face to Camp 3 and will return to Camp 2 tonight. Several more of the team will follow the same pattern tomorrow. All should be back in Base Camp on Sunday.

Himex – Jeff Smith UK and David Tait UK

David Tait

David is now back in Base Camp after his acclimatization trip to Camp 3.

The first thing David did once back in Base Camp was to have a much needed strip wash (the shower was out of use) and a change of clothes.

David is enjoying his much needed rest, he said ”My body hurts from top to toe and I need to do literally nothing for a couple more days.”

Jeff Smith

Jeff is now safely back at Base Camp, resting up for a few days before their next rotation.

On the descent David fell in to a snow covered crevasse. He fell in to it up to his waist and was helped out by two Sherpas. David is fine and suffered no injuries.

International Mountain Guides – James Brooman UK

James and his Sherpa Tunang will be leaving Base Camp at 2am tomorrow to ascend through the icefall up to Camp 2. Here they will spend the night and the following day resting. They will then ascend the Lhotse Face to Camp 3 and stay the night there. Depending on how they are and what the weather is like they will ascend up to the South Col and return to Camp 3 for another night, then back to Camp 2 the following day.

Here they will decide whether to head back up to the South Col or descend.

Kenton Cool Expeditions – Kenton Cool UK and Rob Owen UK

Kenton mentions that over the past week more teams have arrived in to Base Camp. Kenton and Rob have been in the Khumbu region now for about two weeks and have already been active on Mount Everest.

North Side

Mountain Expeditions – Jon Gupta UK and Mollie Hughes UK

After spending there second night at a very windy ABC Jon and Mollie left at around 8am and headed for Camp 1 on the North Col.

They had good weather and progressed well. Two of their Sherpas sped past carrying equipment for Camp 2. Jon and Mollie reached an ice shelf at 6950m and decided to call it a day and return back to ABC. On their return the two Sherpas who went up to Camp 2 caught them up!

Jon and Mollie are now back in Base Camp for a few days rest before returning back to ABC and hopefully a few nights sleep on the North Col to finish off their acclimatisation rotation.

Alpenglow Expeditions – Adrian Ballinger UK

Adrian and his team are now back in Base Camp. Yesterday they had their Puja Ceremony.

Ascent Himalayas – Allan Meek UK

After training in the Khumbu icefall the team have now made it in to Camp 2. They are all fit and well.

Summit Climb – David O’Brien UK, Ian Toothill UK, Leslie Binns UK, Ricky Munday, Holly Budge UK, Alan Barclay UK, Peter Whitfield UK, Michael Hopkins UK

The team are now back in Base Camp after descending from ABC. They are looking forward to resting and enjoying the good food from there tea tent.

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27th April 2017

South Side

Adventure Consultants – Rob Smith UK Paul Pheby UK

The team are chilling out in Base Camp at present.

Early tomorrow morning their Sherpas will set off carrying loads up to Camp 2.

Gurkha Everest Team UK

Both climbing teams are currently at Camp 2. They are said to be all fit and well.

Tomorrow they will ascend to Camp 3 and return to Base Camp for a rest.

North Side

Adventure Peaks – Tony Mills UK

The Adventure Peaks team are now back in Base Camp after spending six days at ABC.

During their time at ABC the team had been practising rope techniques and hiking up to the North Col. Their Sherpas have been busy too, carrying tents and oxygen up to Camp.

After resting at Base Camp for four days they intend to tag 7800m before the final summit push later in May.

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26th April 2017

South Side

Adventure Consultants – Rob Smith UK Paul Pheby UK

The team have spent today resting and recovering. They have also been catching up on chores like laundry, having a shower and up dating their emails/blogs etc.

Tomorrow will be a very similar day.

Himex – Jeff Smith UK and David Tait UK

David Tait reports that all is good after his ascent from Base Camp to Camp 2. He will spend a couple of nights here before going up to Camp 3 for one night then descend back to Base Camp for a well earned rest.

Gurkha Everest Team UK

Camp 2 was reached today by the first group of the team who had left Camp 1 this morning. They will spend the night here. Yesterday they made good time ascending the icefall.

The second team will follow on tomorrow.

All team members are said to be fit and well. They report that it has been quite windy and are expecting some snow.

Everest Expedition – Tim Mosedale UK Rory McHugh UK

Tim and his team are now back in Base Camp enjoying the rich air. They will spend the next three days resting, drinking, eating and doing chores.

They intended to stay two nights at Camp 1 and 1 night at Camp 2 but due to a section of the icefall collapsing the other day the Sherpas could not get to Camp 1 so they stayed an extra night there before ascending to Camp 2.

There next acclimatisation trip will take the straight up to Camp 2 and then on to Camp 3. They will be on the mountain for three or four nights before returning to Base Camp again.

North Side

Mountain Expeditions – Jon Gupta UK and Mollie Hughes UK

Jon and Mollie are now at a very windy ABC.

They left Base Camp Monday morning and trekked to Interim Camp where they spent the night.

After a 12 hour sleep they left Interim Camp and headed for ABC, which they reached in 5 hours. They are camped literally right underneath the North Face.

They have had strong winds blasting through camp, they even saw an empty tent get blown away. Seeing that they added more rocks to secure their own tent to the ground.

Alpenglow Expeditions – Adrian Ballinger UK

Adrian reports that it has been very windy on the North side of Mount Everest. They are continuing to acclimatise by doing plenty of hikes.

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25th April 2017

South Side

Adventure Consultants – Rob Smith UK Paul Pheby UK

All team members are now back in Base Camp.

They left Camp 2 at 05.30 this morning and stopped briefly at Camp 2 to swap over some equipment. Descending through the icefall they saw many climbers and Sherpas heading upwards.

Adventures Global – Neil Ward UK

Two team members two decided that their expedition was over and they flew out of Base Camp this morning to Kathmandu by helicopter.

Himex – Jeff Smith UK and David Tait UK

The team are on their way to Camp 3 today and will spend the night there, before then descending all the way back down to Base Camp.

International Mountain Guides – James Brooman UK

James is now back in the comforts of Base Camp after spending 9 days acclimatising on the mountain with his guide Tunang.

He says that “it is wonderful to have some clean clothes and socks to wear once again!”

James has had no problems and seems to be acclimatising well. He will now rest up for a few days before going on another acclimatisation trip up the mountain.

North Side

Summit Climb – David O’Brien UK, Ian Toothill UK, Leslie Binns UK, Ricky Munday, Holly Budge UK, Alan Barclay UK, Peter Whitfield UK, Michael Hopkins UK

The team trekked from ABC to a very windy North Col today and are now all back at ABC.

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24th April 2017

South Side

Adventure Consultants – Rob Smith UK Paul Pheby UK

This morning the team trekked to the bottom of the Lhotse Face and took a good look at their next task, climbing the face to Camp 3.

They will spend their last night in Camp 2 tonight before heading down to the richer air at Base Camp.

Adventures Global – Neil Ward UK

Adventures Global report that early this morning two Sherpa’s got injured in the icefall. They were immediately rescued and brought back down to Base Camp and then flown by chopper to Kathmandu.

Gurkha Everest Team UK

The Gurkha team were in the icefall when there was an accident involving two Sherpas. The team retreated back to Base Camp and will try again tomorrow to reach Camp 1.

North Side

Summit Climb – David O’Brien UK, Ian Toothill UK, Leslie Binns UK, Ricky Munday, Holly Budge UK, Alan Barclay UK, Peter Whitfield UK, Michael Hopkins UK

Everyone in the Summit Climb team are reported as all OK at ABC. They had some practice with ropes this morning.

Tomorrow they intend to head up to the North Col and back to ABC for acclimatization.

Mountain Expeditions – Jon Gupta UK and Mollie Hughes UK

Jon and Mollie had their Puja ceremony this morning. Everyone including the Sherpas were involved. Mollie said “there was lot of chanting, bell ringing, rice throwing, flour face smearing and whisky drinking!”

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23rd April 2017

South Side

Adventure Consultants – Rob Smith UK Paul Pheby UK

The team had a good night sleep and enjoyed pancakes in the morning. They walked up towards the bottom of the Lhotse Face for acclimatization.

Tomorrow will be a repeat of today.

Adventures Global – Neil Ward UK

Neil Ward arrived back in Base Camp yesterday after spending one night at Camp 1 and two nights at Camp 2. He is doing well and in good spirits.

Gurkha Everest Team UK

The team left Base Camp at 03.00 this morning only to find out that they could not go very far due to a ladder collapse in the Icefall. They will try again in the early hours.

North Side

Summit Climb – David O’Brien UK, Ian Toothill UK, Leslie Binns UK, Ricky Munday, Holly Budge UK, Alan Barclay UK, Peter Whitfield UK, Michael Hopkins UK

Yesterday it was reported that all team members were at ABC and resting after the gain in altitude.

Mountain Expeditions – Jon Gupta UK and Mollie Hughes UK

Jon and Mollie have been busy acclimatizing by hiking to just over 6000m.

Tomorrow they intend to move up to Interim Camp and then onto ABC where they will stay for a couple of days to further their acclimatisation. They hope to hike up to – hopefully before descending to rest.

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22nd April 2017

South Side

Adventure Consultants – Rob Smith UK Paul Pheby UK

This morning the team left Camp 1 and are now settled in to their tents at Camp 2. During the ascent they had a sub-zero (-10) morning to a very hot afternoon.

They will get some rest at Camp 2 too help with their acclimatisation to the new altitude. Tomorrow, depending on the weather and how the team members are coping, they may trek to the bottom of the Lhotse Face.

Adventures Global – Neil Ward UK

Adventures Global report of more snow last night with more expected over the next couple of days.

North Side

Alpenglow Expeditions – Adrian Ballinger UK

Adrian and his team continues to do acclimatization hikes from Interim Camp to ABC and returning to Interim, but soon they will be living at ABC.

Adventure Peaks – Tony Mills UK

Tomorrow the team will set off for ABC but today they spent some time near Base Camp practising ascending and abseiling on the fixed lines.

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21st April

South Side

Adventure Consultants – Rob Smith UK Paul Pheby UK

The team has had a good night sleep at Camp 1.

During the sunny morning they rested for a while before walking in to the upper part of the Western Cym. They report of several giant crevasses in the Western Cym that have to be crossed by ladders.

Light snow hit Camp 1 this afternoon while some team members had a snooze.

Tomorrow the team will ascend to Camp 2 and stay there for three nights to help with acclimatization.

Adventures Global – Neil Ward UK

Base Camp had more snow today and the forecast shows more to come in the next day or so.

Neil Ward is still at Camp 2 but will descend tomorrow and rest up in Base Camp with the other members.

Himex – Jeff Smith UK and David Tait UK

David Tait says the team will be leaving Base Camp at 2am tomorrow morning and ascend to Camp 2. They will spend two nights there before climbing up to Camp 3 for one night.

Depending on the weather and how the team are doing, they will either descend to Camp 2 or straight down to Base Camp.

The Sherpas are making good progress with moving equipment and supplies to higher camps and fixing ropes on the route.

Kenton Cool Expeditions – Kenton Cool UK and Rob Owen UK

Kenton Cool reports that there has been snow again this afternoon at Base Camp. Kenton and Rob hope to leave tonight and ascend to Camp 1 then Camp 2.

North Side

Alpenglow Expeditions – Adrian Ballinger UK

Yesterday Adrian reached the Interim Camp where he will stay for two nights before carrying on to ABC.

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20th April 2017

South Side

Adventure Consultants – Rob Smith UK Paul Pheby UK

The team had breakfast at 1am this morning before heading off in the dark to the Icefall.

They reached Camp 1 by late morning and all are reported safe and well. The afternoon was spent relaxing and drinking in their tents, before settling down for the night.

Adventures Global – Neil Ward UK

The Sherpa team left early yesterday morning to drop loads at Camp 2. They all moved incredibly well, with most of them being back in BC by mid morning. Neil moved up to Camp 1 to spend the night, before heading up to Camp 2 for two nights.

Everest Expedition – Tim Mosedale UK

Yesterday the team had there Puja Ceremony, asking for a safe passage on the mountain.

Blake, one of the team has had to depart the expedition. On the trek to Base Camp he badly twisted his ankle. He has been suffering with it for the past few days and there is no sign of it getting any better.

To go any higher, the Khumbu Icefall or even the summit was not an option for him. He will now be making his way home.

Himex – Jeff Smith UK and David Tait UK

Today is a rest day at Base Camp for the team.

Kenton Cool Expeditions – Kenton Cool UK and Rob Owen UK

Kenton and Rob had their first venture in to the Khumbu Icefall this morning.

North Side

No news.

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19th April 2017

South Side

Adventure Consultants – Rob Smith UK Paul Pheby UK

Tomorrow (20th April) the team will get up at 1am and take their first trip in to the Icefall.

With the sun giving off some warmth today some of the team had a shower before packing their gear for the morning.

Everest Expedition – Tim Mosedale UK

Yesterday Tim and his team ventured in to the lower part of the Icefall to stretch their legs and a reminder on how to safely use the ropes.

International Mountain Guides – James Brooman UK

The team have been resting at Base Camp but keeping themselves busy by doing chores.

Himex – Jeff Smith UK and David Tait UK

The team had their Puja Ceremony today. Tomorrow looks like another rest day in Base Camp.

Gurkha Everest Team UK

The team have been busy in Base Camp the past few days, sorting out their Camp, training in the Icefall and checking all their equipment.

All team members have acclimatised well so far and will probably start their first acclimatisation trip up through the Icefall and to Camp 1, then depending on the weather and how everyone is doing they will ascend up to Camp 2.

North Side

Summit Climb – David O’Brien UK, Ian Toothill UK, Leslie Binns UK, Ricky Munday, Holly Budge UK, Alan Barclay UK, Peter Whitfield UK, Michael Hopkins UK

David reports that it is a beautiful sunny day on the North side. The team have started their descent to Interim Camp.

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18th April 2017

South Side

Adventure Consultants – Rob Smith UK Paul Pheby UK

Today, the 18th April marks the anniversary of the 2014 icefall avalanche that claimed sixteen lives. Out of respect the Adventure Consultants team did not venture on to the mountain. Their Sherpas spent the day at Base Camp resting and remembering those who had lost their lives back in 2014.

Instead, the team hiked to Camp 1 on Pumouri and enjoyed great views of Mount Everest and other mountains.

Adventures Global – Neil Ward UK (without 02)

Like other teams, Adventures Global also did not climb on Mount Everest today out of respect. Instead, they spent the day getting equipment ready their first load carry up to Camp 2 tomorrow.

Everest Expedition – Tim Mosedale UK

Tim and his team have been in Base Camp for a few days now and have quickly settled in to routine.

Today the team an acclimatisation hike to Pumori Camp 1 where they had some great views of the Khumbu Icefall and Western Cwm.

Tomorrow they will venture in to the lower section of the icefall for some practice with ladders and ropes.

Himex – Jeff Smith UK and David Tait UK

David has now joined the team at Mount Everest Base Camp after leaving the UK a week later than the rest.

Yesterday the Himex team reached the summit of Lobuche as part of their acclimatisation.

International Mountain Guides – James Brooman UK

The teams that are split at Camp 1 and Camp 2 for acclimatisation are all doing well despite the windy days and nights.

North Side

Adventure Peaks – Tony Mills UK

The team are currently relaxing at Base Camp.

Alpenglow Expeditions – Adrian Ballinger UK (without 02)

Adrian is settling into Base Camp and feeling good.

Summit Climb – David O’Brien UK, Ian Toothill UK, Leslie Binns UK, Ricky Munday, Holly Budge UK, Alan Barclay UK, Peter Whitfield UK, Michael Hopkins UK

Base Camp saw the 60 yaks belonging to the Summit Climb team arrival this morning. Once loaded the yaks will teak the teams gear to ABC.

The team are all in good spirits and looking forward in going higher up the mountain. They will stay in Base Camp for another two days before moving up to Interim Camp for two days and then on to ABC.

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17th April 2017

South Side

Adventures Global – Neil Ward UK (without 02)

Another windy night at Base Camp.

The team took part in their Puja Ceremony this morning before breakfast, but because of the wind some of the ceremony took part in the lounge tent, followed by raising the prayer flags outside.

After breakfast it was a visit to the icefall for some ladder crossing and abseiling practice.

Adventures Consultants – Rob Smith UK Paul Pheby UK

After another windy night disturbing their sleep the team had an early start and ventured in to the icefall. They reached there high point at 5650m with no problems and made a quick descent back to Base Camp.

Tomorrow (18th April) the team plan to climb to Pumori Camp 1 for more acclimatisation and to get some of the best views of Nuptse, Lhotse and Mount Everest.

Gurkha Everest Team UK

The team report of high winds and snow that has hit Base Camp over the past couple of days.

Today they have spent some time training in the icefall and have had their Puja Ceremony.

North Side

Mountain Expeditions – Jon Gupta UK and Mollie Hughes UK

The team have now arrived in to Mount Everest Base Camp.

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16th April 2017

South Side

Adventures Global – Neil Ward UK (without 02)

The team say the sleeping was a real challenge last night due to the strong winds. They spent the day in Base Camp relaxing. Tomorrow they will have their Puja Ceremony.

Adventures Consultants – Rob Smith UK Paul Pheby UK

Most of the team were woken up during the night as strong winds his there tents.

During the afternoon they had a training session on avalanche transceivers which proved to be useful.

North Side

Alpenglow Expeditions – Adrian Ballinger UK (without 02)

Adrian has now arrived in to Mount Everest Base Camp.

Summit Climb – David O’Brien UK, Ian Toothill UK, Leslie Binns UK, Ricky Munday, Holly Budge UK, Alan Barclay UK, Peter Whitfield UK, Michael Hopkins UK

The team have arrived in to a very windy Base Camp.

This morning they had a Puja blessing from the local Bhudist Lhama to bring good fortune to their expedition.

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15th April 2017

South Side

Adventures Global – Neil Ward UK (without 02)

The team report of having about 10 cms of snow over night.

After breakfast, Neil, Lhakpa and Ronnie attended a meeting to discuss the rope fixing on the mountain. The Ministry have allowed that all rope and hardware be airlifted to Camp 2. This minimizes all the hazardous load carries by the Sherpa’s through the icefall. All of this equipment was flown by chopper two days ago, so the rope fixing above Camp 2 will commence in the next few days.

Adventures Consultants – Rob Smith UK Paul Pheby UK

Adventures Consultants report of a spectacular thunder and lightening show last night that woke them up. There was also a good amount of snow.

The teams Sherpas decided not to venture in to the icefall this morning due to the fresh snow.

The climbing team had some icefall training today, wich included ladder crossing, ascending and descending steep ice via rappel. Every one did well and enjoyed the technical side of climbing.

International Mountain Guides – James Brooman UK (without 02)

James reports that he has been given the go ahead to start his first proper rotation. Tomorrow (16th) he will leave the comforts of Base Camp at 3am and head for Camp 1 for probably 3 nights. If all goes well he will continue up to Camp 2 for about 3 nights before descending back to Base Camp for a rest.

North Side

As far as I know there are no British climbers/teams that have reached Base Camp yet.

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14th April 2017

South Side

Gurkha Everest Team UK

The team has arrived at Everest Base Camp. They stayed in Gorak Shep last night and trekked the short distance to Base Camp this morning.

Adventures Global – Neil Ward UK (without 02)

Yesterday (13th) some of the Sherpa team started packing for their first load carry to Camp 2 next week.

Today (14th) the team are making their way up to the high camp on Pumori for acclimatisation.

 Adventures Consultants – Rob Smith UK Paul Pheby UK

Yesterday (13th) the team held there Puja ceremony. They then spent the rest of the day resting and sorting out their camp.

Today (14th) was another rest day, getting used to the altitude and surrounds of their new home.

While the team members were resting their Sherpa team were up at 3am this morning for a carry of supplies to Camp 1 and Camp 2. The super strong Sherpas were back in Base Camp by 9am!

Tomorrow (15th) the team plan to do an icefall training course.

North Side

As far as I know there are no British climbers/teams that have reached Base Camp yet.

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12th April 2017

South Side

International Mountain Guides – James Brooman UK (without 02)

James walked to Pumori Base Camp and back this morning. Tomorrow James has a 3am start, he will be heading back in the Khumbu Icefall hoping to reach Camp 1 or beyond, depending on how he is doing.

Adventures Global – Neil Ward UK (without 02)

Yesterday Neil and the other team members arrived in to Mount Everest Base Camp.

This morning they all had a much needed shower, the first for more than four days.

Adventures Consultants – Rob Smith UK Paul Pheby UK

Rob and the other team members have arrived in to Mount Everest Base Camp.

Tomorrow morning they will have their Puja ceremony. They will then spend the rest of the day relaxing.

Himex – Jeff Smith UK

Like most climbers at Base Camp, Jeff took part in the ‘Worlds Highest Party’ by British DJ Paul Oakenfold on Tuesday, Jeff said “it was epic.. yet slightly surreal!”

North Side

As far as I know there are no British climbers/teams that have reached Base Camp yet.

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10th April 2017

South Side

International Mountain Guides – James Brooman UK (without 02)

James had a 5am start this morning for his first venture in to the Khumbu Icefall.

Although James said there were 40mph winds and that it was bitter cold he found the icefall a truly magical, mystical place, a wild ocean of ice.

The goal for today was just to dust off the cobwebs, next time they will go further.

James arrived back at Base Camp a little tired and in time for a well deserved breakfast.

Himex – Jeff Smith UK

Jeff has reached Base Camp. Tomorrow the team are off on an acclimatisation trip to the summit of Lobuche.

Kenton Cool Expeditions – Kenton Cool UK and Rob Owen UK

Kenton and Rob have arrived at Base Camp.

North Side

As far as I know there are no British climbers/teams that have reached Base Camp yet.

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7th April 2017

South Side

International Mountain Guides – James Brooman UK (without 02)

James had a mild head cold for a couple of days but is now feeling better.

James is now in the routine of how life is at Base Camp. The first decision is do you get up as soon as the light hits your tent and brave the temperature of -10C to -15C or stay wrapped up in your sleeping bag until the sun rises. James has been getting up to see the sunrise and to visit the Sherpa kitchen for a hot drink and breakfast.

The day can be a mixture of things to do, washing clothes, resting, going for a short walk etc. If you are at Base Camp lunch will be served, usually with other team members and Sherpas.

Late afternoon once the sun starts to disappear behind the mountains the temperature drops really quickly. If you intend to stay out to watch the sunset then most will be wearing their ‘down’ clothing.

After dinner its time to head back to your tent, its too cold to do anything else.

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4th April 2017

South Side

International Mountain Guides – James Brooman UK (without 02)

James is the first client to arrive at Base Camp.

Yesterday he did his first acclimatization trip by walking to Pumori Base Camp at 5,670m.

He is settling into Mount Everest Base Camp ok without any headache or other sickness that climbers can get. James reports that it is barely above freezing during the day. Night time is worse, -12C / 5F or lower, although James says he is adapting to it.