Everest West Ridge
Update....What have they been up to since they left the UK?!
We have spoken to the team and they are all safely at Roadhead and setting up
to stay for a couple of days. They will be leaving for Tillmans today but this
will take four or five days for the yaks to do a few round trips!!
Everyone is in good health. All feeling a little fuzzy brained with the
Altitude but mainly good. Neil had to stay in Tingri and extra night as he was
feeling a bit poorly but has caught them up today.
The Development Team are still in Tingri. Apparently they have suffered a
little more but then they weren’t afforded the luxury of hypoxic tents before
leaving so are a few steps behind the Main Team acclimatizing.
It’s freezing cold and snowing, but they now have the most amazing view of
Everest and are all completely awe struck!
Dave Bunting expedition Leader reports:
– Naylam 27/03/06
arrived on Thursday 24th March early evening we had just enough time to settle
into The Summit Hotel and relax a little before getting suited and booted for
a cocktail party at the Embassy that evening.
of the team attended along with Embassy staff, consulate staff and the
military who have been helping us with the freight and logistics over the last
outside the Embassy eating canapes there was a lot of excitment and talk of
the journey. A stark contrast to what lies ahead of us! It was a very pleasant
start to our trip and continued for a few more drinks once back at the hotel
I was woken
Friday morning in the hotel at 7:30 with a birthday cake from the Summit
Hotel. 28 again!
was my birthday today, not the first in Kathmandu!, it was also a very bust
day in terms of the expedition. We had a very full briefing with the teams in
the morning which went very well and we all sat down to watch the various good
luck wishes from various dignatories and celebrities that had been recorded
for us in London. Tony Blair, David Cameron,Simon Cowell and Davina McCall top
name a few!
Wilson, Malcolm Russel, Kevin Edwards and Glynn Sheppard then went off for
another briefing at the Embassy for general info on the country’s situation,
Maoist movements, emergency transportation etc. I’m very glad to say that the
Emabssy was very onside with the whole expedition and there were no major
We then went
on to meet with Himalayan Ecstasy who are the ground agency for the Junior
Team’s trek in Nepal to Island Peak.
A final Brief
to the rest of the team back at the Hotel rounded off everone’s day and most
then went up for an early night. We had a very early start the next day.
seems an expedition leaders work is never done and I had a few more phone
calls to attend to and letters to write back to the UK before leaving the
comfort of Kathmandu. A few hours sleep and then up again at 3:30am for the
the border with relatively no hassle and travelled through Zangmu to Naylam to
start our trekking. We decided to stay in a Hotel at Naylam but compromised by
having our own cooks so as not to risk any severe bouts of food posioning.
It’s been realtive comfort but there has been the odd encounter with Tibetan
Rats (known for their big teeth!) The Teams have all been in very good
spirits.which is such an amazing thing for to see after three years of
everyones hard work to get us here.
I have been
really enjoying the treks so far and have been able to spend some time just
taking it all in. It has been a very long journey to get us this far and in
reality we have only just begun!
very excited about tomorrow now which (Tuesday 28th). We start our journey up
to Nache Bazaar in the morning and weather permitting this will be the
majority of the team’s first glimpse of Everest and what lies ahead!
We just have
to survive one more night with the possibility of encountering the Tibetan
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