Thursday, 29 November 2012

Ama Dablam taster...

Self portrait on the summit of Ama Dablam

Just back into the UK after 2 months in Nepal guiding and climbing. A small matter of 2000 photos to sort through but here's my summit shot from one of my highlights, a successful solo attempt on Ama Dablam.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Pokhara tomorrow...

Zac texted to say the team are now back down into the jungle at Ghandruk (1940m). The groups final days walk back to Pokhara will be tomorrow where they are all looking forawrd to showers and a few cheeky lemonades.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Back to the jungle...

Zac called from Chomrung. Everyone is well and glad they summited when they did as the weather has closed in and it is snowing higher up. Back in Pokhara Monday afternoon - looking forward to 'civilisation'.

Friday, 23 November 2012

Tent Peak summit

A great and quick update from Zac who has just called from Base Camp. Everyone reached their summit early this morning. Lots of snow and very cold but all of the team were successful. All back down again to Base Camp again and happy but very tired.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Up to ABC...

Zac called in today to say the team have now reached advanced base camp at a height of 5045m. Caroline has decided not to continue any further but is happy having reached ABC and will wait for the rest of the team there while they make their summit bid tomorrow. Dorjee & Pasang have gone ahead to fixe the lines ready for the summit push in the morning. The team plan to leave ABC at 4am with aim of reaching the summit around 10am - 11am tomorrow morning Nepali time.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Tent Peak Base Camp

We had a short day today just 2 hours across the glacier to Tent Peak base camp at a height of 4200m it is a very dramatic setting below the gigantic South face of Annapurna. It's blue skies as far as the eye can see and the forecast is for it to stay the same for the rest fo the week. The team are feeling good and we plan to make our summit bid the day after tomorrow.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Annapurna Sanctuary

We are now within the stunning Annapurna Sanctuary at Machhapuchhare Base Camp, (3720m.) We are surrounded by dramatic peaks such as Hiunchulie, Gangapurna, Annapurna South, Annapurna I and Annapurna III, and of course Macchapuchhare herself at 6997m.
The weather has been good with blue skies and everyone is in good spirits. The next stage of the journey will be to trek to Annapurna Base camp at 4095m, before heading towards Tent Peak ready for our summit attempt.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Off to Tent Peak

The team have all arrived safe and well at Pokhara airport. Day 1 was mild weather with brief rain showers. We had a bus ride to Naya Pul then enjoyed a short trek to Tikhedunga. The trek was around 1.5 hours to an altitude of 1577m with the harvest in full swing and many hay bails being made. Everyone is happy and enjoying themselves and going well

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Tent Peak

Thapu Chuli or Tent Peak

Just as my time in Nepal was coming to an end I've picked up another trip. An Adventure Peaks group for a trek in to the Annapurna Sanctuary and an ascent of Thapu Chuli or Tent Peak (5700m)

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Ama Dablam Summited

Ama Dablam - Done

Successfully summited Ama Dablam on 1 Nov at 11:00. Solo from Camp Two in seven hours after an open bivi. Perfect weather and the mountain to myself. Now safely back at base camp after a 15 hour round trip.