Photo Tom West ©EverestNews.com
Another update from The British
As the jet
stream winds strip the upper mountain of snow and send streamers and plumes
off the higher elevations and the Rongbuk Valley wind threatens to uproot and
throw our tents far into Tibet, our team have been busy at BC challenging the
Indian Air Force Everest Team to a game of horseshoes. Apologies first to the
unfortunate limping Tibetan ponies who sacrificed their shoes for our worthy
cause! Mick promises to return them at the end of the expedition.
attention to detail in pitch preparation would make any Wimbledon grounds man
proud! The game started off with our star player Mick, who had been practicing
all morning, being easily beaten by an Indian who had never picked up a
horseshoe in his life. The game progressed quite evenly, they would win a
round then we would win one. In the end, in the interests of diplomacy and
good will, we let them beat us by a narrow margin (they completely whupped our
butt!). Application has been made to Guinness however for the record of
highest ever game of horseshoes!
we were interviewed and photographed by staff of the Times newspaper who are
here to cover Sir Ranulph Fiennes attempt. Keep your eyes open in the
newspapers for our handsome tanned faces. One day the Keswick Reminder, the
next, the Times. Whatever next? Possibly the Tibetan Gazette for stealing
Dr. John is
hosting a medical meeting in our BC this afternoon for all expedition doctors
(apart from the Chinese who rudely snubbed the invitation for some reason).
This is to coordinate the positioning of medical expertise and equipment on
the mountain during the final phase of summit attempts.
intends to move back to ABC in dribs and drabs from the 12th. With no clear
period of stable weather obvious from forecasts at the moment, the emphasis is
on rest and recuperation. During the next quiet period, Brice's team of
Sherpas will fix the remainder of the mountain from 8300m past the crux of the
second step at 8600m paving the way for summit attempts.
Holmes on behalf of the team.
The team are made up of:
British climbers are from or have strong links with Keswick in
District, Northern England. They are a private, non commercial, group of
friends. They do not have much in the way of
so updates are by satellite phone and the occasional email courtesy of the
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