The Army on Everest
expedition Main Team have now placed their first footsteps on the mountain
itself. Stepping onto the ice at the bottom of the French Spur, climber Paul
Chiddle took the team onto the next stage of their climb. From here they aim
to place the first ever British climber on top of Everest via the perilous
West Ridge. It is one of the Army’s toughest ever physical exercises and
tests the training, organisational skills and endurance that the British Army
is famed for.
The journey to the French Spur has taken the teams from Kathmandu, to Road
Head Base Camp and then onto the expedition’s base camp at Tilman’s Camp. From
here their journey here has taken them across ice fields and glaciers and has
seen them transport fuel, food and other goods to establish camps 1 and 2.
The challenge now is to beat the weather and establish camp three at 7,300m.
There are three teams making up the expedition, all tackling separate peaks.
The Junior Team of 16-17 year olds has arrived at Base Camp at Island Peak
(6250m). The Development Team of intermediate climbers are on their way to
conquer their own mountain, the impressive 7045m Lhakpa Ri peak. The final
team, the Main Team, are well on their way up Mount Everest via the West
As the climb develops, the teams will establish five camps progressively
higher up the mountain before attempting their final bid to reach the summit
sometime in May.
The attempt is timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the first Army
Mountaineering Association’s summit of Everest and will test Army planning,
preparation, training and team skills to the limit. The expedition is unique
in that three separate teams will climb three separate peaks in and around
Mount Everest. As one of the Army’s most extreme adventurous training
activities, the expedition will test and improve physical endurance, mental
strength, logistical skills, team building and performance under pressure.
Planning for the attempt began in 2003 and training has been ongoing since
then. To ensure success and safety the team have undergone extensive physical
and psychological testing as well as mountain training, ice climbing, first
aid, nutrition and education about the environmental and cultural impact of
2006: The British Army West Ridge Expedition Dispatches
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