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