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  Everest 2006: British West Ridge Expedition: It is over...


Photo Source: Laurie Skreslet

Statement from West Ridge: The Expedition have decided not to attempt another summit bid. The Expedition leader, Dave Bunting has sent the following message.

"The conditions high up in the Hornbein Couloir are unlikely to change
and there is still a very high risk of avalanche. Due to the altitude of
the Couloir at 8000m the conditions are unlikely to change and therefore the high risk of avalanche will remain.  To make the Couloir safe we need the area to avalanche or wait for a considerable change in the conditions.

I have discussed the conditions at length with the Deputy Leader Dave Wilson and Climbing Leader John Doyle. I have taken the difficult decision not to go for a second attempt. Knowing what I know now, I am not prepared to risk any of the lives in my team. As climbers, we accept that there is always an element of risk but our Army training, judgement and decision making mitigate that risk. In this case I am not prepared to risk the lives of the climbers [and my friends] by sending them back up into the Hornbein Couloir which could avalanche at any time.  

The team remain mentally and physically strong despite this decision and setback.      

I would like to thank the Army, our sponsors, friends and everyone across the world who has supported us during our expedition - you have it has truly been an inspiration to us. Most of all I would like the thank our families for all their love and support during the last three years and particularly during the last two months during our time on this amazing adventure.

I will send more details back once we have spoken to our families".

Everest 2006: The British Army West Ridge Expedition Dispatches

 

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