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Everest 2012 Expedition News

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25th May – 7:00am: Chris has just called in with an update. They are all back down at top camp and brewing up. Chris, Peter, Conor & Alex reached the summit along with the sherpas. Gabriel, Jesper and Erik reached the 2nd Step before deciding to turn arounda valiant effort all the same and are now enroute to the North Col. Chris, Peter, Conor & Alex are planning to drop down to the North Col once they have re-hydrated and had something to eat. Chris remarked that they had good weather on ascent but the wind did start to pick up on descent. Once safely down at ABC the team will email a more detailed update on the days events.

We wish them all a safe descent down the mountain.

Leader: Chris Szymiec

25th May – 7:00am: Chris has just called in with an update. They are all back down at top camp and brewing up. Chris, Peter, Conor & Alex reached the summit along with the sherpas. Gabriel, Jesper and Erik reached the 2nd Step before deciding to turn arounda valiant effort all the same and are now enroute to the North Col. Chris, Peter, Conor & Alex are planning to drop down to the North Col once they have re-hydrated and had something to eat. Chris remarked that they had good weather on ascent but the wind did start to pick up on descent. Once safely down at ABC the team will email a more detailed update on the days events.

We wish them all a safe descent down the mountain.

25th May – 2:30am: Our agent has confirmed that the team set out for the summit at 9.30pm last night Nepali time. Chris had mentioned earlier on in the day that the sat phone battery was getting low so had decided to save the power until the summit. At 2.15am UK time Chris tried to call through but unfortunately the signal was very broken and it couldn’t be established if they had reached the summit, although timewise they would be bang on schedule for arriving at the summit. We are now trying to get a message relayed through to the ABC staff who will be in contact with the team via radio to get an update on their progress. As soon as we have confirmation we will update the page.

24th May: We have received confirmation the group have safely reached high camp 8300m and are now resting on oxygen before setting off for the summit in a few hours time! We wish them luck and will provide updates in the early hours (3am UK time onwards)…hopefully from the summit. Please note communication can be restricted and we can’t guarantee information will be available.

21st May: The team are now at ABC and aiming for the 25th to summit. At present the weather looks like it will be good for that day and by the looks of things the decision to hold back from aiming for the 20th as summit day was a good call as the winds were very strong.

Ian has descended back down to base camp due to some bad flu type symptoms, he will depart with the Lhapka Ri team in a couple of days time.

19th May: This is it the summit bid is on the team are heading back up to ABC this morning with a plan to summit on either the 25th or 26th. The weather forecast is looking good for that time so fingers crossed all will go to plan for the team. All the acclimatisation has been made and all the equipment is in place. the team are well rested and prepared for what the next 7 days is going to throw at them.

The AP team wish them all well on the fantastic journey.

Everest 2012 Expedition News

9th May: The team are back resting at Base Camp. They have been to 7500m, and spent two nights at the North Col. With a clear weather window forecast in 10 days time they hope to make a summit attempt around 20th May – Watch this space!

5th May: The team are heading back up to the North Col today. They intend to stay there for a few days and try to push up to 7500m. We will keep you updated when we receive more news.

29th April: All the team are now at base camp. The first Lhakpa Ri team have now left base camp and are heading to Lhasa. The wind has been particularly savage at ABC and above the last week although the sherpas are making steady progress in stocking the North Col and are hoping to establish camp 2 tomorrow. The team have practised with their oxygen and used it on a walk along the frozen river at night, to get a feel for what summit night will be like. They are planning to head back up to ABC on the 2nd May to then make their second foray to the North Col and spend a couple of nights up there. The jet stream appears to be moving away around then so all being well, the winds will subside for the team, so they can progress up to 7500.

23rd April: Ceri and the Lhakpa Ri team are planning to head up to the North Col tomorrow. Ceri is now feeling much better. The rest of the team are recovering at BC and will wait for Ceri to come down and rest before heading back up.

The weather is looking like it could be windy for the next few days coming in from the west, but for those climbing to the North Col, all being well the head wall of the North Col will keep them well protected.

19th April: The team are now at ABC at 6400m. Chris says the sherpa team have done a fantastic job setting up ABC and the team are settling in nicely.

Ceri turned round from intermediate camp en-route to ABC with a cough that has been lingering. He plans to see the doctor and then head up with the North Col team and Dorje are Sirdar. The team plan to have the Puja tomorrow and then fixed line practice the day after, with the aim of bagging the North Col on the 22nd weather permitting.

11th April:

Hello all,

Just quick update from the Adventure Peaks Everest North 2012 Expedition. Everyone is doing fine and aside from a few minor headaches, we are all feeling tip top. Our cook Ram is doing an amazing job creating perfect food for us while our excellent Sherpa team has not only set up a great base camp but also preparing to establish our intermediate and advanced base camps.

Tomorrow April 12, 2012 we will all do the infamous frozen river walk to aid in our acclimatization. It is a stunning trek up a tight gorge on a river that seems to have frozen as it was flowing, waterfalls and all.

After a couple days rest and training we will have our Puja and henceforth be blessed and permitted to set foot on Mount Everest. We are all very excited and hopefully by April 21, 2012 we will be making our first climb up to the north col t 7050M, aka camp 1.

This is Chris Szymiec and team signing out from Everest Base camp. Stay tuned for more news as it comes.

10th April : Chris called today to say that the team have reached base camp they have just had a fantastic welcome lunch and all the team are in great spirits and feeling well. They are in awe of the amazing view presented to them at base camp of Everest’s North Face. They will hve a rest day tomorrow before starting their acclimatisation around base camp

7th April : Chris has emailed in this morning. The team crossed the border yesterday and are now at Nylam. They made their first acclimatisation walk today and will make their second tomorrow. The team are all bonding well and feeling good to be n their way towards base camp.

3rd April : All the team have arrived safely in Nepal and met up with their leader Chris at the hotel in Kathmandu today. All are well and looking forward to their expedition. The team will make their final preparations over the next 2 days and head up to Kodari on the Nepali side of the border on the 5th April. They will then cross the border at Friendship bridge on the 6th April and travel to Nylam.

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22 Comments

  • Don mcinnes says:

    Good luck to all on the expedition and especially Ian Spalding

  • Stu says:

    Good to hear all is going well on Everest

  • Alistair Tibble says:

    Good luck team, and a special BIG HI to Ian Spalding from all his friends and family. Take care all of you, and a happy and safe climb!!!

  • Phil & Ronnie Cottrell - Lilley says:

    Message for Ian Spalding — Go for it — be safe. Best to all the team.

  • Phil & Ronnie Cottrell - Lilley says:

    Message for Ian Spalding — Go for it — be safe. Best to all the team.

  • Keith & Pauline Spalding says:

    The very best of luck to Ian Spalding and all the team. Thanks for all your texts Ian, we are all behind you every step of the way

  • Keith & Pauline Spalding says:

    The very best of luck to Ian Spalding and all the team. Thanks for all your texts Ian, we are all behind you every step of the way

  • Devon Don and Barb says:

    Go team go! Great call by the team leader to hold back a couple of days. Well done Chris. Your flock is in very good hands.

  • Tom Shaw says:

    Very best of luck all, particularly Ceri, you can all do it!!

  • Andy wright says:

    Good luck to all on the mountain, thinking of you all

  • Helen Nicholson says:

    Congrats to those that made it, especially Conor McGahon! Looking forward to an update and safe return.

    Helen

  • Devon Don and Barb says:

    You all deserve a well earned steak dinner at the Everest Cafe in KTM. Congratulations everyone.

  • Maggie McGahon says:

    Congratulations to all the boys. All prayers of a safe descent. A special congratulations to Conor. We are so proud of you. All love ken and Maggie McGahon xx

  • Ron and Betty Symic says:

    Congratulations Chris. We pray for you and your teams safe return.
    Ron and Betty Symic

  • David Garrett says:

    So glad you made the summit, Conor – have been glued to the news from Everest this last week. Congratulations to you and your climbing partners – have a safe trip back to BC, and we’re waiting to hear the full story!

  • David McGahon says:

    And from me, a very proud brother! Xx

  • Jo Wenborne says:

    Congratulations to everyone – especially Pete. Safe journey home.

  • Steve & Enid Richards says:

    Thrilled you made it Connor (and the rest) and will be pleased to hear you have safely returned to ABC even more. Well done – what an achievement.

  • Steve & Enid Richards says:

    Thrilled you made it Connor (and the rest) and will be pleased to hear you have safely returned to ABC even more. Well done – what an achievement.

  • Lucy Stares says:

    So so amazed and proud and lucky to know you. I have enjoyed every blog and look forward to you safe return. I can’t stop saying – you the man Conor, You the Man!!!

  • The PERTS & Rachel says:

    Well done all, especially Pete Ellis.
    Get home safely & get those legs tanned!
    Love from all us PERTS.

  • The PERTS & Rachel says:

    Well done all, especially Pete Ellis.
    Get home safely & get those legs tanned!
    Love from all us PERTS.

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