Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp

I recently led a trip to Everest Base Camp for Outlook Expeditions and the Oratory School we teamed up in country with a great guide Anil from Himalayan Ecstasy and his team. 
We were out for three weeks in the early season which meant the Khumbu region was quiet if a little colder than normal.
I am normally based in North Lake District and based my training on the Helvellyn area in winter time. Getting out every day testing me and my kit gives me a great insight into the conditions and what kit I prefer to use for my work and personal choice.

We had ten lads and two Staff from Oratory School, Mr Dave Watkins and
 Head of Geography Mr Phil Poynter. Due to circumstances we managed a 80% success rate at EBC. 

A very tough trek to a very beautiful place with some interesting characters. Its been 60 years since Everest was first scaled. During our trek sadly the last of the 1953 veterans George Lowe died aged 89. I met him and Ed Hillary in Manchester years ago and had read his books, which he and Ed Hillary signed for me signed for me. A rarity indeed now

I was lucky enough to meet his wife Mary Lowe as we arrived at Lukla, we chatted for a while and shared some memories of George. A very lovely lady and keeping herself busy continuing the vitalwork of her husband and Ed Hillary in the Khumbu.

Thanks to support from Montane, Paramo, Nuun, great companies great kit. 

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