Team Leader: Dave Pritt
The Team: Chris Mothersdale Stuart Peacock Ralph Greenway Phurpa Ridar Bhote Mingma Nura Sherpa
Two years have passed since the decision was made to attempt K2. We had summitted on Everest on the 16th May 2002 and had vowed never to set foot on another 8000m peak after the months of discomfort and the debilitating effect of altitude on mind and body….
The Team: Owen Samuel (Team leader, Cumbria) Martin Barron (Dentist, Manchester) Paul Gwilliam (Computer Programmer, Wakefield) Hannah Vickers (Gap Year student, Cambridgeshire)
From Hannah: Why Bolivia? During the nine months since I’d booked onto the expedition, this question had been asked dozens of times by as many people, at the pre-expedition meets and by friends. My answer had to be i) the prospect of fine, dry and stable weather conditions ii) spending time mountaineering in several areas of the Cordillera Real and not just on one mountain and iii) the challenge posed by Illimani and Huayna Potosi, both at a greater altitude than what I’d been to on Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya, one and a half years previously.
As you will read below, due to high winds the team stayed at 7500metres last night. Today they moved to 7800metres. Mike is now apparently on his way down after reaching 7740metres. The remaining team are all well and again in good spirits, they are all being well looked after by our Sherpa team. Tomorrow the team will move to 8200metres, to summit on the 21st. It’s apparently snowing hard on the mountain. All the team but Ray (who is using POISK) went on their oxygen system yesterday.
The Team: Rob Jarvis
Leader Kim Lewis
I have always thought of Morocco as the most exciting travel destination in close proximity to Europe. My recent third visit confirmed this although there had been some major changes since my last trip in 1995. Morocco is essentially in the same time zone as the UK and is only 2-3 hours flying time from Heathrow.
UPDATE – 23 May 2003. All climbing above 8000m is extremely hazardous and accepted by those who undertake the challenge of the worlds highest mountain, on Everest the dangers of high altitude are the most testing. What happened to Conan Harrod on May 21st at 8.30am was a result of a mountaineering accident, an American climber , slipped and fell pulling on the fixed rope, he in turn pulled off his sherpa who finally pulled on our client Conan who fell breaking his leg at 8500m. Assistance was given to get Conan back on the ridge where pain killing drugs were given. .