Richard Parks Everest Climb is Over

A Welsh adventurer has been forced to end his expedition on Mount Everest due to “medical complications”. Richard Parks had been attempting to become the first person to take blood and muscle samples at the summit to investigate the effects of altitude. But Parks, 38, who was climbing without using supplemental oxygen, has returned to Wales after becoming at “high

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Jagged Globe (South Side) The team are now resting at Camp 2. They had sunshine during this morning but this afternoon it turned into snow showers. Tomorrow (5th May) the team will have an early start for the descent all the way to Base Camp. Altitude Junkies (South Side) The Altitude Junkies team are now back in Base Camp where

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Jagged Globe (South Side) The team are continuing their acclimatization rotations between Camp 2 and Camp 3. All team members are reported as being well and in good spirits. Summit Climb (North Side) On the 1st of May the team got up early to ascend up to the North Col but snow showers meant possible unstable conditions on the icy

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Summit Climb (South Side) 5am this morning (2nd May) the team were getting ready for the long descent from Camp 2 to Base Camp. High Adventure Expeditions (South Side) Yesterday (1st May) the team arrived in to Camp 1. They spent the day resting to make the most of their acclimatization. Today (2nd May) the team arrived safely in to

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289 going for Everest Summit

Two hundred and eighty nine climbers are in a bid to exploit a short window of good weather, which formally begins next week, to stand atop Mt Everest. Among the bidders, 160 are new climbers. Dambar Parajuli, president of Expedition Operators´ Association of Nepal, said the Icefall Doctors have prepared the routes till Camp III as of Friday. “They have fixed double

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Altitude Junkies (South Side) The Altitude Junkies team are either at Base Camp or lower down the valley for a couple of days taking advantage of the thicker air after their acclimatization rotation. It is thought that Base Camp will have snow showers over the next few days. The Sherpas intend to move oxygen and gear to Camp 4 over

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New Web Poll

I have put up the new Poll question for the month of May, the question is: “Is using Helicopters to ferry loads from BC to Camp 1 on Mount Everest seen as cheating?” Please take your vote, thank you! Results from the April Poll question: If Mallory and Irvine successfully summited and returned home, would they had continued to climb

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Summit Climb (South Side) The Summit Climb team made an early start this morning (30th April) busy packing for the ascent to Camp 3. They report of light winds and blue skies. Everest Expedition (South Side) Today (30 April) the team are spending the day chilling out and resting up before their next move up the mountain. High Adventure Expeditions

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Summit Climb (South Side) The Lhotse Face has reopened after the opening of a large crevasse yesterday cutting off the route. Today (29th April) the team have walked to the base of the Lhotse Face. Tomorrow (30th April) they will ascend to Camp 3. Kenton Cool Expedition (South Side) Kenton and Rob are now back in Base Camp. They have

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Avalanche fears from Everest Helicopters

Helicopter firms are carrying out unauthorised sightseeing flights over the upper reaches of Mount Everest, Nepalese officials say. Sherpas have expressed concerns that vibrations caused by the helicopters could trigger avalanches. Tourist flights are not allowed to places above Base Camp which is at an altitude of 5,364 metres (17,600ft). But helicopter companies say they only overfly sights like the

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