Dispatches

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

24th April 2018

South (Nepal) Side

Jagged Globe – David Hamilton

After a cold start at 6am the team are currently in Camp 2 where they report that it is warm and sunny but a little windy.

From Camp 2 they can see the rope fixing team between Camp 3 and Camp 4 on the Lhotse Face and other Sherpa’s carrying loads up to Camp 3.

Everest Expedition – Tim Mosedale

The team are now back in Base Camp after spending 3 nights on the mountain.

They left Base Camp at 03.30 on the 21st April and arrived into Camp 1 within 5 to 6 hours. For the rest of the day they chilled out in the warm afternoon. Once the sun had gone it became quite cold and by 18.30 they were in their tents wrapped up and in their sleeping bags. The night in Camp 1 was cold with frost and with some very strong gusts of wind.

On the 22nd April they woke up to find the wind had died down and a nice start to the day. Tim had heard that in the Western Cwm there was a steep wall that needed to be climbed. They went for an acclimatisation hike to see and tackle the wall. The obstacle was located at just over 6,000m and the steepness proved to be difficult for some. Once they succeeded, they continued towards Camp 2 for a few hours before returning to Camp 1 for the night. There second night at Camp 1 was a lot better than the first night.

The 23rd April saw the team travel up to Camp 2. They found it warm there and relaxed for the rest of the day. During the afternoon they could see Sherpa’s above the Yellow Band.

This morning (24th April), after spending the night at Camp 2 the team left after breakfast at around 06.30 and descended all the way back to Base Camp where they arrived at 11.30. Coming back down they found the Icefall to be reasonably quiet.

Himalayan Guides – Daniel Wallace – Lucy Rivers Bulkeley – Melanie Windridge

On the 21st April the team had an early start and headed for the Icefall in the dark. Daniel Wallace said “It was a stunning route. Beautiful but so dangerous and unstable”. At around 10.30 the sun hit the Icefall and made it very hot for climbing. The team could see Camp 1 at this point and were not to far away. It took them 7 hours to reach Camp 1, the rest of the day was spent relaxing. They found there night at Camp 1 to be very windy.

The following morning (22nd April) they headed for Camp 2 to help with there acclimatisation. On arrival at Camp 2 they had something to eat and drink and then rested up for a while.Once they left Camp 2 they were back in Camp 1 within 50 minutes where they stayed for another night.

On the 23rd April they left Camp 1 and went down through the Icefall to Base Camp which took them around 2.5 hours.

North (Tibet) Side

No reports from the North side today.


23rd April 2018

South (Nepal) Side

Adventure Consultants – Robert Smith

Some of the team headed up to Camp 2 today (23rd April) while others stayed at Camp 1 and make their trip to Camp 2 tomorrow.

Summit Climb – Dani Fuller, Ricci G, Michael T

Today (23rd April) was the teams Puja ceremony. All members are feeling well and getting use to the altitude at Base Camp.

Jagged Globe – David Hamilton

The team reached Camp 1 this morning (23rd April) after an early start at 02.10. They found the weather to be cold but clear at first and by mid morning it was sunny. The rest of the day they will rest up and tomorrow they hope to ascend to Camp 2.

Himalayan Guides – Daniel Wallace – Lucy Rivers Bulkeley – Melanie Windridge

On the 21st April the team reached Camp 1 just as the heat from the sun began. They spent the rest of the day relaxing in their tents.

Yesterday (22nd April) after a windy night they ascended to Camp 2. After a rest they went back to Camp 1 for another night.

North (Tibet) Side

Summit Climb – David O’Brien – Dominic Renshaw

The team have had a rest day today (23rd April), sorting out their gear and enjoying the view.


22nd April 2018

South (Nepal) Side

Adventure Consultants – Robert Smith

The team are at Camp 1.They had a good night but woke up to windy conditions. They went for a short climb above Camp 1 that leads deeper into the Western Cwm.

Kenton Cool Expedition – Kenton Cool – Ben Fogle – Victoria Pendleton

The team had a rest day at Base Camp today 22nd April). Tomorrow they will ascend to Camp 1.

Summit Climb – Dani Fuller, Ricci G, Michael T

All team members went on an acclimatization hike up to Pumori Base Camp today (22nd April).

North (Tibet) Side

Adventure Peaks – Sean James

The team has had another acclimatization hike to 5700m. Today (22nd April) they had there Puja Ceremony. After the Puja they sorted out their gear that the yaks will take up to ABC in the next few days.


21st April 2018

South (Nepal) Side

Kenton Cool Expedition – Kenton Cool – Ben Fogle – Victoria Pendleton

The team arrived into Base Camp yesterday (20th April). They are having a few days rest before entering the Khumbu Icefall on Monday.

Summit Climb – Dani Fuller, Ricci G, Michael T

All team members are well. Today has been a rest day but they also had an ‘oxygen training session’ to make sure that everyone was comfortable with there equipment.

North (Tibet) Side

Summit Climb – David O’Brien – Dominic Renshaw

Yesterday (20th April) was a nice sunny day so the team went for another acclimatization walk.


20th April 2018

South (Nepal) Side

Adventure ConsultantsRobert Smith

Today (20th April) the team spent their time getting gear ready for the next step of the climb.

Jagged Globe – David Hamilton

The team had a fairly pleasant time overnight at Camp 1. They left Camp 1 at 05.30 and arrived back in Base Camp at 08.30.

Today (20th April) was there Puja ceremony. Due to some factors this is usually done before the start of the climb but was delayed until today.

Everest Expedition – Tim Mosedale

Today (20th April) the team had there Puja ceremony, then spent the afternoon packing for tomorrow.

Tomorrow (21st April) they aim to leave Base Camp around 03.30 and head for Camp 1. They intend to stay there for two nights then ascend to Camp 2 for one night.

Himalayan Guides – Daniel Wallace – Lucy Rivers Bulkeley – Melanie Windridge

The team had there Puja ceremony this morning (20th April).

They will be leaving Base Camp early tomorrow morning (21st April) for Camp 1, where they hope to stay for a couple of nights.

North (Tibet) Side

No reports from the North side today.


19th April 2018

South (Nepal) Side

Adventure ConsultantsRobert Smith

Today (19th April) the team left Base Camp early and went into the Khumbu Icefall for climbing practice and acclimatization.

Jagged Globe – David Hamilton

At 1am this morning (19th April) the team ventured into the Icefall and headed for Camp 1 where they arrived at 7am. At Camp 1 it was hot and sunny during the afternoon.

Summit Climb – Dani Fuller, Ricci G, Michael T

Today (19th April) the team arrived in to Base Camp.

Everest Expedition – Tim Mosedale

The team left Base Camp at 5am this morning (19th April) for there first trip into the Khumbu Icefall. They had good practice climbing and crossing ladders and using rope. They were at a height of 5,850m when the sun made an appearance, they then called it a day and returned to Base Camp.

They will now rest at Base Camp before climbing to Camp 1 in a few days time.

Himalayan Guides – Daniel Wallace – Lucy Rivers Bulkeley – Melanie Windridge

On the 18th April the team left Base Camp at 3.15am for an acclimatization hike up Lobuche 6090m. They reached the summit at 8.15am and were rewarded with incredible views.

Today (19th April) was a rest day at Base Camp. A rest day includes resting, sorting out your gear, having a shower and doing some washing.

North (Tibet) Side

Adventure Peaks – Sean James

Today (19th April) the team went for a hike and reached 5,900m.

Tomorrow (20th April) they will have there Puja ceremony.

Summit Climb – David O’Brien – Dominic Renshaw

This morning (19th April) more of the teams gear arrived by a group of yaks.

The team hiked up a hill close to Base Camp for acclimatization.

They hope to go up to Interim Camp tomorrow (20th April).


18th April 2018

South (Nepal) Side

Adventure Consultants – Robert Smith

Today (18th April) the teams guides and Sherpa’s set up a rope and ladder course for the team to get some practice. This included abseiling, using a mechanical ascender and arm-wrapping with the rope.

Tomorrow (19th April) the team will have an early start with training in the Khumbu Icefall.

Jagged Globe – David Hamilton

The team went for an acclimatization hike today (18th April) to a height of 5,500m to a viewpoint west of the camp.

Tomorrow (19th April) the team will leave Base Camp at around 1am and head for Camp 1, where they will stay for the night.

Everest Expedition – Tim Mosedale

Tim decided that the team would not venture in to the Khumbu Icefall today as a mark of respect to the Sherpa’s who lost their life on this day in 2014.

North (Tibet) Side

Adventure Peaks – Sean James

After spending 2 days at Base Camp the team went for a short hike today (18th April) to a height of 5,700m to view the camp.

They will stay at Base Camp sorting out gear and having more hiking treks for another 4 or 5 days before leaving to ascend to ABC.


17th April 2018

South (Nepal) Side

Everest Expedition – Tim Mosedale

Today the team spent some time having a ‘rope work session’ to get used to negotiating safely up and down the mountain.

Tomorrow they will be getting up early for their first venture in to the Khumbu Icefall.

North (Tibet) Side

Adventure Peaks – Sean James

Today (17th April) the team arrived at Base Camp.

Summit Climb – David O’Brien – Dominic Renshaw

Today was a leisurely day getting use to the new altitude.


16th April 2018

South (Nepal) Side

Adventure Consultants – Robert Smith

On the 13th April the team arrived in to Base Camp.

After a few days rest, today (16th April) they had their Puja ceremony. This is very important to all climbers and Sherpas where they ask permission to climb Mount Everest from the Gods.

Everest Expedition – Tim Mosedale

Tim and his team arrived in to Base Camp on the 14th April.

They will spend the next couple of days resting and sorting/checking gear.

Himalayan Guides – Daniel Wallace – Lucy Rivers Bulkeley – Melanie Windridge

The Himalayan Guides team arrived in to Base Camp on the 15th April.

Jagged Globe – David Hamilton

The JG team has been at Base Camp for a couple of days now.

At 3am this morning (16th April) the team set off for a practice climb in the Khumbu Icefall. They reached the height of 5,850m by 7am and then headed back down to Base Camp for breakfast.

North (Tibet) Side

Summit Climb – David O’Brien – Dominic Renshaw

The team arrived in to Base Camp today (16th April).