Dispatches

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

31st May 2017

As far as I can tell there are no British teams or climbers left on Mount Everest.

This will now bring the dispatches to a close.

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29th May 2017

South Side

Himex – Jeff Smith UK and David Tait UK

Jeff Smith has now left Base Camp and is heading home.

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

All team members are currently on their way back to Base Camp and are said to be well.

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28th May 2017

South Side

Himex – Jeff Smith UK and David Tait UK

Jeff Smith is safely at Camp 2 and will head to Base Camp either today or tomorrow.

Everest Expedition – Tim Mosedale UK

Blake and Galzen Dorje, Jonathan and Jabbu, Rory and Dorje Gyalgen all summited Everest on the 26th in what turned out to be quite challenging conditions. All are now at Base Camp.

North Side

Alpenglow Expeditions – Adrian Ballinger UK

Adrian and his team are now safely back at ABC.

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

Confusing news – yesterday the team reported that they would attempt the summit last night (27th) but its reported they reached the summit on the 26th

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27th May 2017

South Side

No news

North Side

Alpenglow Expeditions – Adrian Ballinger UK

Adrian, Cory, Topo, Mingma, Palden and Pasang Rinji all reached the summit together.

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

5 Sherpas and 6 members will attempt summit tonight from the top camp.

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26th May 2017

South Side

Himex – Jeff Smith UK and David Tait UK

Jeff Smith reached the summit this morning!

North Side

Alpenglow Expeditions – Adrian Ballinger UK

Adrian and his team are at Camp 2 for their summit attempt.

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25th May 2017

South Side

Himex – Jeff Smith UK and David Tait UK

Tonight the team should be heading for the summit from Camp 4.

International Mountain Guides – James Brooman UK

James Brooman has reached the summit of Everest without 02 today, 25th May!

North Side

No updates

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23rd May 2017

South Side

Adventure Consultants – Rob Smith UK Paul Pheby UK

Paul Pheby and are now safely back in Base Camp.

Himex – Jeff Smith UK and David Tait UK

The team are planning to leave Camp 2 early tomorrow to ascend to Camp 3. They will then stay the night here before moving up to Camp 4.

Depending on the weather they hope to stand on the summit on the 26th May.

Adventure Global – Neil Ward UK

Unfortunately Neil Ward and Tendi Sherpa decided to turn around at the South Col. They made their way safely down to Base Camp.

North Side

No updates

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22nd May 2017

South Side

Himex – Jeff Smith UK and David Tait UK

Yesterday the team left Base Camp and arrived into Camp 2 after a long days climb. Today they are resting up and keeping an eye on the weather.

Everest Expedition – Tim Mosedale UK Rory McHugh UK Blake Penson UK

Tim Mosedale is climbing back up to Camp 2 tonight to join Blake Rory and Jonathan to help arrange their summit attempt.

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 the team moved up to Camp 2. They are aiming to reach the summit on the 24th May.

Mountain Expeditions – Jon Gupta UK and Mollie Hughes UK

Jon and Mollie are now back in Kathmandu.

Alpenglow Expeditions – Adrian Ballinger UK

Adrian and his team are currently at ABC.

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21st May 2017

South Side

Adventure Consultants – Rob Smith UK Paul Pheby UK

Paul Pheby and Ang Dorjee reached the summit of Mount Everest at 06.19am local time.

They are now back at Camp 4, they will stay the night here before descending back to Base Camp tomorrow.

The rest of the team are on their way to Camp 4, hoping to leave for the summit tonight.

*Update*

After arriving at the South Col, earlier today, a quick rest and rehydration, the main team is preparing to depart the South Col for the top of the world.
The team reports that there is currently no wind at the South Col.

Adventure Global – Neil Ward UK

Neil Ward and Tendi decided to stay at the South Col and not to push, because of the wind. They will reconsider their options later today.

North Side

No updates

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20th May 2017

South Side

Adventure Consultants – Rob Smith UK Paul Pheby UK

The team are now settled into Camp 3. There tents are just above the main camp which should make it a little bit easier tomorrow to reach Camp 4. They will have an early start in the morning to ascend to Camp 4 on the South Col.

Paul Pheby and Ang Dorjee are currently at the South Col camp hoping to leave for the summit tonight.

**Update**

Paul Pheby and Ang Dorjee have left (9:45pm local time) Camp 4 and are now heading towards the summit.

Adventure Global – Neil Ward UK

Neil Ward has arrived safely at the South Col Camp 4. He will rest up before heading for the summit tonight.

Himex – Jeff Smith UK and David Tait UK

Because the weather looks good over the next few days the team have decided to leave Base Camp today for there summit attempt. Depending if the weather is still good they hope to be on the summit around the 25th or 26th.

North Side

No updates

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19th May 2017

South Side

Adventure Consultants – Rob Smith UK Paul Pheby UK

The team enjoyed pancakes, yoghurt, bacon, fruit coffee for breakfast this morning at a busy Camp 2. They have spent the day resting ahead of their summit attempt.

Paul Pheby and Ang Dorje are now at Camp 3. Depending on the weather they will ascend to Camp 4 in the morning.

Adventure Global – Neill Ward UK

Neil Ward and Tendi Sherpa have arrived safely at Camp 3. Tomorrow they hope to ascend to the Camp 4 and then hopefully reach the summit on Sunday.

Everest Expedition – Tim Mosedale UK Rory McHugh UK Blake Penson UK

Blake Penson, Rory McHugh and Jonathan are currently resting at Base Camp as the 21st looks like it will be busy up on the summit.

Gurkha Everest Team UK

Some of the team are now on there way back to Kathmandu.

North Side

Mountain Expeditions – Jon Gupta UK and Mollie Hughes UK

Jon and Mollie are now back in Base Camp. Yesterday they packed up all the gear from ABC and headed back down to 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 are heading for the North Col today hoping to summit Everest on the 22nd. Everyone is feeling good and strong.

Alpenglow Expeditions – Adrian Ballinger UK

Adrian and his team are still waiting for a good weather window for a safe and successful summit.

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18th May 2017

South Side

Adventure Consultants – Rob Smith UK Paul Pheby UK

The team had an early start this morning ascending the Icefall, then to Camp 1 and up to Camp 2. They will stay at Camp 2 and wait for the right weather window before there summit attempt.

Paul Pheby and Ang Dorjee are up in Camp 3.

Adventure Global – Neill Ward UK

Neil Ward and Tendi made it through the Ice Fall and up to Camp 2 this morning in just under 6 hours. They will rest at Camp 2 tonight and move up to Camp 3 tomorrow.

Gurkha Everest Team UK

All expedition members are now off the mountain. Some have returned to Kathmandu.

Himex – Jeff Smith UK and David Tait UK

The team intend to leave Base Camp on the 22nd for there summit attempt.

North Side

No updates

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17th May 2017

South Side

Adventure Consultants – Rob Smith UK Paul Pheby UK

The team are busy today getting everything ready for their summit attempt.

In the early hours of tomorrow they will ascend to Camp 2. There they will rest up and see what the weather is doing before going any higher.

Paul Pheby and his Sherpa left for Camp 2 this morning and arrived in good time.

All the team are ready to go!

International Mountain Guides – James Brooman UK

James is heading for Camp 2 tonight and will stay there while he waits for the right weather window. He will probably stretch his legs by going up to Camp 3 and return to Camp 2 before his summit attempt.

James says that he is “both excited and nervous.”

Everest Expedition – Tim Mosedale UK Rory McHugh UK Blake Penson UK

Tim Mosedale, Scott, Dorje and Pertemba have reached the summit!

Adventure Global – Niel Ward UK

In the early hours of tomorrow Neil Ward and Tendi Sherpa will be leaving Base Camp heading for Camp 2 for their summit attempts on Mount Everest and Lhotse.

They will spend the night at Camp 2 and then ascend to Camp 3 for the night. From there they will climb to the South Col camp for the first of their summit attempts.

North Side

Mountain Expeditions – Jon Gupta UK and Mollie Hughes UK

After reaching the summit yesterday Jon and Mollie are now safely back in ABC.

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 heading to the Interim Camp today and then onto ABC.

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16th May 2017

South Side

Adventure Consultants – Rob Smith UK Paul Pheby UK

The team have been busy checking out their oxygen apparatus today, that they will be using above Camp 3.

The Sherpa team reached Camp 4 this morning with the last loads of equipment that will be needed on the summit attempt.

Gurkha Everest Team UK

The Gurkha Everest Expedition Team are delighted to announce that a further 10 members of the team have summited Mount Everest this morning, making a total of 13 members to have reached the summit of the world’s highest mountain. They are now descending to Camp 2, where they will spend the night before returning to Base Camp tomorrow.

North Side

Mountain Expeditions – Jon Gupta UK and Mollie Hughes UK

Jon and Mollie have reached the summit of Mount Everest!

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 some of the team took a minibus trip down to a nearby village called Tashi som.

They had lunch there before going to the local shop to stock up on supplies, Coke, yoghurts, crisp and other items. This is there last snack binge before heading for the summit.

Ascent Himalayas – Allan Meek UK

Not having much in the way of information on his climb since arriving at Base Camp but today Allan Meek has reached the summit of Mount Everest!

Adventure Peaks – Tony Mills UK

Yesterday, Tony Mills called it a day as he was ascending to Camp 3 and returned to a lower camp. The rest of the team made it to the high camp.

Today, the team reached the summit and safely returned to Camp 3. After a rest, depending on the weather they will likely descend to ABC.

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15th May 2017

South Side

Adventure Consultants – Rob Smith UK Paul Pheby UK

Another rest day at Base Camp, some made the most of it while some of the team hiked to Camp 1 on Pumouri while others went to Kala Patar.

The teams Sherpas are now at Camp 2 and tomorrow will ascend to Camp 4 with the last equipment loads.

Gurkha Everest Team UK

Three Gurkhas have reached the summit of Mount Everest!

Himex – Jeff Smith UK and David Tait UK

The team are all ready and waiting to leave Base Camp, the weather looks as if it is improving, so they are hoping it will not be too long before they can start there summit climb.

North Side

Mountain Expeditions – Jon Gupta UK and Mollie Hughes UK

Jon and Mollie will be trying for the summit tonight!

There is a very small weather window on the 15th/16th so they decided to ascend to Camp 4. They are feeling strong but the weather might make them turn around.

During the next few hours they will drink, eat and rest as much as they can before leaving for the summit.

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14th May 2017

South Side

Adventure Consultants – Rob Smith UK Paul Pheby UK

Last night Adventure Consultants invited their Sherpas and friends from other Everest expeditions for a ‘get together’. The Sherpas were in top form on the dance floor!

Today the team have been busy sorting out which food to take on there summit ascent and also small items, such as head torch batteries, thick socks and hand warmers.

Paul Pheby strecthed his legs this morning by taking a walk to Pumori Camp 1.Like all the other teams Adventure Consultants are keeping an eye on the weather forecast.

International Mountain Guides – James Brooman UK

James reports that the weather at Base Camp is sunny and warm but it is very different higher up the mountain.

James is likely to stay in Base Camp until its time for his summit attempt but he has said “perhaps I shall head up earlier for one final mini-rotation to keep things sharp. There are advantages and disadvantages to both, and only the weather will determine the best.”

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

Like other teams, Summit Climb are waiting at Base Camp for the right weather window. David has said “The week out forecast is looking promising, we might not have too many more days here until we head up.”

Alpenglow Expeditions – Adrian Ballinger UK

Adrian reports that “Tomorrow the climbing begins!” Adrian and his team are hoping to ascend to the North Col camp to cache some gear.

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13th May 2017

South Side

Adventure Consultants – Rob Smith UK Paul Pheby UK

This morning Rob Smith took Dr Sophie into the icefall as far as the first triple vertical ladder as part of an experiential walk.

The teams Sherpas are enjoying a much needed rest at Base Camp.

Adventure Consultants are having a party tonight and are expecting the wooden floor in the dining tent to shake and rock!

Kenton Cool Expeditions – Kenton Cool UK and Rob Owen UK

First of all I must apologise for making a mistake about what Kenton and Rob intened to do next after there summit attempt.

I said that they will wait at Base Camp and try again but I got it wrong.

Kenton and Rob left Base Camp a couple of days ago to head home. There reasons for this is the current weather and the rope fixing situation. They did not want to wait around for another 10 days or so before the route would be fixed, allowing for the weather too.

The decided that friendship and their family’s were more important than another summit at this time.

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 Summit Climb team are still at Base Camp waiting for a suitable weather window.

The team are having another movie night tonight, a romantic comedy.

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12th May 2017

South Side

Himex – Jeff Smith UK and David Tait UK

Jeff Smith was also one of those close behind the rope fixing team hoping for an early summit.

The plan now is for Jeff and the rest of the team to rest up at Base Camp, wait for a better weather window and the remaining rope to be put in place to the summit and re-energise before heading back up the mountain.

International Mountain Guides – James Brooman UK

James is back in Base Camp after his summit attempt. He is fit and doing well.

Having spent 9 days on the mountain he found the ascent from Camp 3 to Camp 4 on the South Col hard going. Not using oxygen he carelessly got ‘near frozen’ fingers by forgetting the put his gloves on. He was petulant and miserable.

After struggling through 50 meters of snow his Sherpa stopped him and said “I don’t think you will make it to the South Col. You are too slow, and too cold. I think you won’t make it without oxygen, better you use oxygen. We should go down now.”

They both descended to Camp 3, collected some gear and continued to Camp 2. At first James was glad that they turned around later realized that he might of ruiend his chances and dream to summit without oxygen. Arriving into Camp 2 James was mad but still believed he could make his dream come true.

Everest Expedition – Tim Mosedale UK Rory McHugh UK Blake Penson UK

Tim and his team have been resting at Base Camp today but also included a trip to Kala Pattar.

North Side

Mountain Expeditions – Jon Gupta UK and Mollie Hughes UK

Jon and Mollie continue to rest and prepare their gear at Base Camp ready for the summit attempt.

Important news from Jon:

Fudge Bars & Cream Eggs – we have exhausted our supplies…other than those required for our summit attempt.”

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11th May 2017

South Side

Adventure Consultants – Rob Smith UK Paul Pheby UK

The team are still currently resting at Base Camp. They report of unsettled weather, blue skies being replaced with snowfall.

The Sherpa rope fixing team are also resting in Base Camp waiting for better weather so they can continue fixing the route from the Balcony to the Summit.

Himex – Jeff Smith UK and David Tait UK

David Tait has called it a day. He was behind the rope fixing team hoping to get an early summit, but due to the weather that did not happen.

David has decided not to wait around for another summit window later in May, he wanted to be on the mountain only for a month.

He said “It appears that for whatever reason I have reached my “sell-by” date. This is the last time. I wont be back.”

Kenton Cool Expeditions – Kenton Cool UK and Rob Owen UK

Kenton and Rob are back in Base Camp. Like David Tait, they were also close behind the rope fixing team hoping for an early summit.

Kenton and Rob will sit and wait for another attempt when the weather improves.

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 are still at Base Camp waiting to hear from the Sherpas that all the necessary equipment has been moved to Camp 3. They are also keeping an eye on the weather.

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10th May 2017

South Side

Adventure Consultants – Rob Smith UK Paul Pheby UK

The teams hard working Sherpas are still carrying loads from Camp 2 to Camp 4. They will soon be back at Base Camp for a well earned rest.

Everest Expedition – Tim Mosedale UK Rory McHugh UK Blake Penson UK

Tim and his team are now back in Base Camp after a sneaky trip to reach the summit behind the Sherpas but it did not happen.

The team spent a couple of nights at Camp 2 while their Sherpas did their last carry to the South Col Camp.

Tim and some of his team members started off for Camp 3 when they heard over the radio about deep snow, poor visibility above The Balcony, worse weather due to come and that the rope fixing Sherpas had descended to Base Camp.

Tim and those with him decided to continue to Camp 3 and leave some gear and food in their tents for the next time.

Back at Camp 2 it was decided that they too would descend to Base Camp.

Himex – Jeff Smith UK and David Tait UK

The Himex team are now safely back in Base Camp after descending from Camp 2 today. They will rest up before another summit push.

North Side

Mountain Expeditions – Jon Gupta UK and Mollie Hughes UK

Jon and Mollie are currently at Base Camp resting and waiting for the right weather wndow before going back up the mountain.

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9th May 2017

South Side

Adventure Consultants – Rob Smith UK Paul Pheby UK

The Sherpas were planing on fixing the rope to the summit today but due to heavy snowfall they had no choice but to wait for better weather.

In Base Camp the team are keeping themselves busy by playing games, reading, going for walks, visiting other teams and relaxing while waiting for the weather to improve.

Himex – Jeff Smith UK and David Tait UK

The Himex team have a problem, three of their guides have become unwell, nothing life threatening but it has stopped the team from going any higher. A decision will be made tomorrow if the team can stay at Camp 2 and 3 or have to descend to Base Camp.

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 Summit Climb team have enjoyed another day relaxing down in the valley away from Base Camp. They will return to Base Camp tomorrow.

Adventure Peaks – Tony Mills UK

The team are due to return to Base Camp after spending a few days down the valley resting. All members are said to be “healthy, strong and in good spirits.”

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8th May 2017

South Side

Adventure Consultants – Rob Smith UK Paul Pheby UK

The teams Sherpas continued to work hard carrying loads again today from Camp 2 to Camp 4.

Rob Smith descended through the icefall to the luxuries of Base Camp while Paul Pheby and some of the other team members have walked to Camp 1 on Pumouri today.

Himex – Jeff Smith UK and David Tait UK

Today was another rest day for some of the team at Camp 2 before ascending to Camp 3. The team have been split into two groups, one group left Camp 2 today hoping to reach the summit on Wednesday. The other group will travel a day behind.

Adventure Global – Nick Ward UK

The team are getting themselves ready for their first summit pushes.

Neil Ward, who is climbing Lhotse and Mount Everest without oxygen is waiting for the last of the fixed lines to be put in place, before heading for the summit.

After his Lhotse summit Neil will then descend all the way to Base Camp for some rest, before attempting his climb on Mount Everest.

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

Seven members of the Summit Climb team have travelled down to a hotel in Sigar for the richer air and rest before there summit attempt.

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7th May 2017

South Side

Adventure Consultants – Rob Smith UK Paul Pheby UK

The teams Sherpas have been busy carrying loads up to Camp 3 on the Lhotse Face. Tomorrow they will carry loads to the South Col camp and then ascend to Base Camp for a well earned rest.

This morning Rob Smith ascended towards Camp 3 but ended up aborting. He will try again tomorrow.

Himex – Jeff Smith UK and David Tait UK

Jeff Smith reported that he is safely at Camp 2, he said he was feeling really strong on the climb from Base Camp. Jeff and the team will rest at Camp 2 for two days before ascending any higher,

Gurkha Everest Team UK

The full post from the Gurkha Team’s website:

The Gurkha Everest Expedition team is very sad to announce the death of Mr Minbahadur Sherchan, ex-QG Signals, who died yesterday peacefully at Everest Base Camp, aged 85. He was attempting to reclaim the record of becoming the oldest person to climb Everest, after his first record set at the age of 76, in 2008, was broken by 80-year-old Japanese climber Yuichiro Miura in 2013.

Deputy expedition leader Major Andrew Todd said today, 7 May 2017: “This morning at 06:30 here in Base Camp, our team repatriated Minbahadur Sherchan to Kathmandu. We paid a tribute to a remarkable man with a small service and a two-minute silence before carrying him through Base Camp to the helicopter.

“In the days prior to his death, Minbahadur had spent time with the team here in Base Camp. After our team’s first rotation to Camp 3, we asked him his strategy for climbing the mountain. He simply said that he would climb to Camp 1, then to Camps 2, 3 and 4, and then to the summit. We took great strength from his confidence, his approach, but above all his powerful character. A true Gurkha and an astonishing mountaineer. He believed in us and we in him.

“Yesterday, at 17:14, he died very peacefully in our camp and in the arms of Gurkha soldiers from the Everest team. We laid him to rest in a tent on the flanks of the Khumbu Icefall and next to our camp before his repatriation this morning. He was at peace on a mountain that he so loved and among the camaraderie and spirit of Gurkha soldiers.

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 the team left ABC and arrived in to Base Camp. There acclimatisation is now complete and they are looking forward in resting up at Base Camp.

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6th May 2017

South Side

Adventure Consultants – Rob Smith UK Paul Pheby UK

Rob Smith set of in the early hours of this morning through the icefall. He came across some collapsed ice blocks but managed to find away around them. He is now at Camp 2 where he will spend the night. Weather permitting, he will ascend up to Camp 3 on the Lhotse Face tomorrow.

The Adventure Consultants Sherpas headed for Camp 4 for the second day in a row. But were stopped in their tracks by high winds and the cold. They retreated to Camp 3 and then back to Camp 2 for a better nights sleep.

North Side

Mountain Expeditions – Jon Gupta UK and Mollie Hughes UK

Over the last few days Jon and Mollie have been up to Camp 1 on the North Col which they found very windy.

The following day they were up at 05.30 for a climb as high as they could towards Camp 2. Jon had said “It was a perfect day with only a little wind & perfect visibility.” They reached their high point of 7,350m before turning and heading back down to Camp 1.

Tomorrow they will descend to Base Camp for four or five days before heading back up on their summit attempt.

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5th May 2017

South Side

Himex – Jeff Smith UK and David Tait UK

Jeff Smith and others from the team are due to leave tomorrow at 02:45 with the aim of heading for the summit.

Everest Expedition – Tim Mosedale UK Rory McHugh UK Blake Penson UK

Tomorrow, Tim and some of the team will ascend to Camp 2. Blake is currently at Camp 1.

Gurkha Everest Team UK

In two days time the team hope to leave Base Camp and head for the summit.

North Side

Adventure Peaks – Tony Mills UK

The team are now back in Base Camp after there latest acclimatisation trip which saw them tag nearly 7,500m and spending two nights at the North Col.

All members are feeling strong but are looking forward to a few days rest.

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4th May 2017

South Side

Adventure Consultants – Rob Smith UK Paul Pheby UK

Twenty of the Adventure Consultants Sherpas left for Camp 2 today. They will base themselves there while they ascend to Camp 4 carrying equipment that will be needed for the summit attempts.

Himex – Jeff Smith UK and David Tait UK

David Tait reports that he intened to leave Base Camp this morning at 2am for Camp 2. Over the next few days he will ascend to Camp 3 and Camp 4 and then hopefully on to the summit.

Everest Expedition – Tim Mosedale UK Rory McHugh UK Blake Penson UK

Tim and Blake left Base Camp at 03.00 yesterday and ascended to Camp 1 for Blake to catch up on his acclimatisation rotations. Tim went back down to Base Camp but Blake will spend two nights at Camp 1 before moving up to Camp 2 for around four nights. He will then descend back to Base Camp.

The teams Sherpas are working as hard as ever getting Camp 3 stocked up with the necessary equipment.

North Side

Alpenglow Expeditions – Adrian Ballinger UK

Adrian is currently living at ABC where he will continue to do acclimatization hikes and rotations from there.

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3rd May 2017

South Side

Adventure Consultants – Rob Smith UK Paul Pheby UK

The team are now settled back in to Base Camp. They will rest up for a few days and keeping an eye on the weather forecasts.

North Side

Mountain Expeditions – Jon Gupta UK and Mollie Hughes UK

Jon and Mollie are now at ABC after spending three days resting at Base Camp.

Over the next couple of days their plan is to ascend to the North Col and sleep there for a few nights and to tag Camp 2 for acclimatisation. They will then descend to Base Camp and wait for the right weather window to go back up.

Jon reports that out of an original box of 60 fudge bars, they have 21 left and out of an original box of 54 cream eggs, they have just 16 left!

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2nd May 2017

South Side

Adventure Consultants – Rob Smith UK Paul Pheby UK

The team at Camp 2 had a late start to go and tag Camp 3, this was due to the wind earlier.

Adventure Global – Nick Ward UK

Neil Ward is now resting back in Base Camp with the rest of the team after sleeping at Camp 3 and dropping gear off up higher on the Lhotse Face.

They are now waiting for the right weather window before heading back up the mountain.

Himex – Jeff Smith UK and David Tait UK

The team are spending a few more days at Base Camp before heading back up to Camp 2 and hopefully beyond.

North Side

No reports so far today.

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1st May 2017

South Side

Adventure Consultants – Rob Smith UK Paul Pheby UK

Most of the team are taking it easy at Camp 2 today. Their cooks Dawa and Kayji cooked a great breakfast them, pancakes, bacon, eggs fruit and yoghurt.

Rob Smith joined the team at Camp 2 today taking less than six hours from Base Camp.

Tomorrow, depending on the wind, they will ascend the Lhotse Face to Camp 3. If it is too windy they will stay another day in Camp 2.

Gurkha Everest Team UK

The team are now resting down in the valley where there will have a change of scenery, more choice of food and better air to breathe. They have all acclimatised to Camp 3 so there next venture up the mountain will hopefully be the summit bid.

International Mountain Guides – James Brooman UK

The weather looks to be improving so James Brooman will be ascending to Camp 2 in the early hours of tomorrow morning. The winds are due to clam down by the 4th or 5th of May, James will then ascend to the South Col camp.

Everest Expedition – Tim Mosedale UK Rory McHugh UK Blake Penson UK

Blake Penson has returned to Base Camp after leaving a week ago with a bad ankle. He has made a good recovery and got the all clear from a consultant.

The rest of the team, apart from Tim Mosedale are at Camp 2 for their final night of acclimatization. They did attempt to get to Camp 3 this morning but the winds and cold decided they should stay in Camp 2.

Blake and Tim went in to the lower section of the Icefall today for training. They both plan to ascend to Camp 1 tomorrow for two nights. Blake will then ascend to Camp 2 for four nights for acclimatization.

North Side

Adventure Peaks – Tony Mills UK

The team are now resting in the home comforts of Base Camp after acclimatizing to the North Col camp.

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30th April 2017

South Side

Adventure Consultants – Rob Smith UK Paul Pheby UK

Most of the team had an early start this morning and left Base Camp for Camp 2. They all improved on their previous times in reaching Camp 1. By the time they reached Camp 2 it had been a long hard day.

Some of the team are now settled in to Camp 2 for the night and looking forward to a rest day tomorrow.

The other team members will join them in a day or so.

Himex – Jeff Smith UK and David Tait UK

The team had another rest day today at Base Camp while waiting for the right weather so they can start there second acclimatisation trip.

Adventures Global – Neil Ward UK

Two days ago, Neil left the comforts of Base Camp with Tendi Sherpa and ascended to Camp 2. In a couple of days they will ascend to Camp 3 on the Lhoste Face, they will sleep there and then ascend to the next camp to leave so gear and return.

North Side

No reports so far today.

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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.