8th August: Paul has called in with an update. The weather conditions have unfortunately not been good for the last few days, and the group has had to make the difficult decision not to attempt Khan Tengri. There were discussions of perhaps trying an alternate peak such as Karly Tau or additional skills training but in the end the team decided to choose other options.
Thomas and Chris have opted for early flights home, Vicky and Aisling are having a few ‘Spa’ days in Bishkek, Robert is staying in the Karakol area trekking and Paul, Max, Jean and David are going to the Ala Archa area climbing for the next few days.
Leader: Paddy Cave & Local Guide
Team: Claire S, Rob S, Richard J, Ian H, Kate H, Stuart L, Nigel V, Wyn M, David F, Laurent B, Radim B, Henrik O.
16th Aug – Paddy called in today from Karakol. The team are fine, although had a problem with the sat phone. They are now recovering from their adventure on Khan Tengri. Despite almost a metre of snow at Camp 2, Paddy, Laurent and Henrik reached the summit of Khan Tengri on the 14th August – a 1200m summit day. David reached the summit of Chapayev and stopped at Camp 3. Radim decided to descend from Camp 2 after 3 days of heavy snow. Well done to all and we wish them a safe journey back home.
Tien Shan Peaks & Khan Tengri Expedition News 18th July 2009.
The Team Leaders : Phil Thomas, Phil Coates
The Team: Samuel Brooks Richard Glasgow
Robin Partington Neil Peck
Anne Foley Deborah Connor
Paul Marron Michel Koch
Mike Foley Ralph Roddenhof