After a week’s rest in base camp the weather reports were all indicating the most perfect weather for Thursday May 12th – clear skies and 5km/hr winds – perfect for summiting and flying! So we decided to go for it…. As well as feeling excited, I didn’t tell anyone, but I was feeling incredibly nervous […]
Squash summitted at 8.30am on the 12th May, she didn’t fly from the top mostly due to 50km an hour winds and only 10 m visibility! She is well but absolutely tired out and currently headed back to base camp, a blog about the summit will be following as soon as she is back down!
After a few days rest at base camp (and two showers!) on Good Friday we set off again with the intention of spending a night at Camp One and moving on the following day to spend a few nights at Camp Two. All part of the acclimatization plan. Getting from Camp One through the Khumbu […]
The last thing in the world I was expecting was post at base camp. Then a few days ago I was in my tent and I heard someone call my name, I looked out my tent and said, ‘Here I am!’ and a sherpa from another teamcame over to me, smiling, and held out a […]
A very common question I get asked is, ‘What is the toilet situation on the mountain?’. Basically it’s this. At base camp there is a toilet tent. That is, a tent around a built up area that has a blue barrel in the middle of it. One squats over the barrel, it’s private, it’s fine. […]
Squash talks to radio Derby about how the trips going. Click here to listen
To get to Camp One you have to climb through the Khumbu ice fall. The Khumbu ice fall looks like a giant Eton Mess – without the fruit. It is a huge glacier that is full of crevasses, ice and snow. Some of the blocks of ice are the size of buildings. A team of […]
After we arrived in base camp some of the people from the trekking group came to visit us for lunch! I was especially delighted to see Beccy and Rob who share my love for ridiculous poses on rocks! The next day we spent some time checking and preparing our climbing gear and had a morning […]
Before any climb a Puja is held – a Puja is a traditional sherpa ceremony where kit is blessed and prayers are said for a safe climb and return. It begins in a calm fashion but soon descends into drinking and throwing riceand flour everywhere – obviously!