Island Peak 6th April 2023
Leader: Gavin Kellett
The team have now arrived back in Chukkhung after a successful summit bid. The team are tired but happy. They reached the summit of Island Peak at 8am this morning. A couple of photos from Sam & John. Hopefully we will get some from Adrian & Nathan shortly. Well done to all the team.
Gavin messaged yesterday to say the team were preapring to leave for their summit bid in the early hours of this morning. All being well they will be back in Chukkhung around 4pm local time. The team practiced their fixed line skills yesterday at base camp on Sunday and moved up to high camp on Monday.
Gavin gave us a quick call to say that the team have moved up to Island Peak base camp.
Today the team were carrying out familiarisation with kit and continuing with acclimatisation. Their spirits are high and they are looking forward to heading up to Chukkung tomorrow.
Gavin sent to say that the team have been making good progress over the past two days. We left Namche Bizzare and walked to Pangboche. A long day but rewarded as ever with amazing views. After great food and a good nights rest we continued today to Dingboche. Ready to have lunch and take advantage of time this afternoon to prepare for our Island Peak Ascent.
Gavin gave me a call to say that the team are having a good rest day in Namche Bazzar. Earlier today they walked up to the Museum and to the statue of Tenzing Norguay. They had lunch with great views and thier first sight of Everest and the surrounding panorama.
We left our tea house this morning after a fantastic sleep which was much needed by everyone. All refreshed we made steady progress until lunchtime in Monjo. Well fed and rested we made our way to Namche Bizarre, arriving at 3.30 pm. Henry and Sam flourishing on Dal Bhat. Active rest day tomorrow and hopefully our first view of Everest.
After an early start this morning we arrived at Ramachap and caught one of the first flights into Lukla.
Currently in Phakding having lunch. The team glad to be underway and the witty banter has already started.
The team will all meet up today in Kathmandu. Final preparations will be made, kit checked, and a celebratory meal before they hit the road, early tomorrow morning on their journey to Ramechhap, for their flight to Lukla.
Gavin lives in the Scottish Borders but goes wherever work takes him. He is fortunate to have – for work and play – skied, hill walked, and climbed ice & rock throughout the UK, the European alps, Pyrenees, Iceland, Norway, Alaska, Nepal and Russia.
When at school he was fortunate to have an enthusiastic Geography Teacher who took him, with a school group to the Pyrenees.
This was his first trip abroad and it was enough to kindle his passion for mountainous areas and activities. He has been a member of a Scottish Mountain Rescue Team for 28 Years and has held training officer and deputy leader roles.
Away from the mountains he played rugby to Scottish First Division Standard prior to it becoming a professional sport.
Gavin is Summer ML, Winter ML, International Mountain Leader, Single Pitch Award and Trail Cycle Leader qualified. He is passionate about taking clients into the mountains and allowing them to enjoy the mountains safely but allowing them to flavour the adventure.