8th November: Francis rang today to say the group are safe and well at Chukung (4730m). Today was a long day, spent crossing the Amphulapcha Pass. The weather was good, very cold but sunny with beautiful views of the clouds across Lhotse.
20th April. The head wall on Island Peak appeared to be unusually icy however which would make the ascent technically harder than usual. . Francis took the difficult decision to turn the group back at the foot of the final steep head wall.