16th April – Today the team climbed up the western side of BC up a series of morrains and open gullies of rocks and snow. It was a lovely route not often climbed (in fact we checked with our Chinese Liason Officer to make sure we were allowed on this side of the valley) and we were rewarded by the discovery of a spectacular hanging valley with its own glacier above. The views from 5800m back down to BC were amazing, with the multitude of coloured tents appearing as little dots on the expanse of the glacial outwash plane on which BC sits. Chris and Andy C climbed a little higher to make the crest of a ridge with huge pinnacles, which possibly has never been visited before!
9th April – Stu has just sent a report that they arrived back into Kathmandu late this morning. We had a good celebration at the Irish pub in Lukla last night, shooting pool, drinking beer and cocktails, well it was happy hour, before our final slap up meal in the Khumbu.
Both Howie and Ed had a solid mountaineering foundation to build on, so with a wild forecast for Tuesday, we decided to stay out of the worst of it, and climb the classic North Buttress on Buachaille Etive Mor. This gave them both their first taste of steeper mixed climbing, which they revelled in.
A Winter ascent of Ben Nevis 1344m was a challenging undertaking for Samer and Ali (aka Bahraini Boys on the Ben). This is not to be compared to a summer ascent This Course is designed to give the guys necessary winter skills training to allow a safe ascent of the UK’s highest mountain in winter conditions!
The weather forecast for Saturday was stunning and the obvious choice was Ben Nevis. As it was a late start we knew it was a late finish. Irena and Elena were both quite happy to have a big day