8000 Meters Facts
2006: British West Ridge Expedition: It is over...
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
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".
2006: The British Army West Ridge Expedition Dispatches
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