22nd July – Summit Success. Rob has called from Camp 3 to say the team reached the summit today. It was a tiring day and the team are happy to be back at camp. They will clear down to ABC tomorrow and have a well earned rest before heading back to BC & Osh.
27th Aug, Summit success! Jason and Alistair successfully reached the summit of Peak Lenin in a 10 hour push in near perfect weather, a long day but a great achievement. They safely descended to high camp at 6100m in just over 4hrs and down to BC the flowing day…a quick descent!
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.
3rd August: Ade has called to say that the team have come back down from Camp 3. He has assessed the state of the mountain and made the difficult decision, on the grounds of safety, that the expedition will not continue to a summit bid. The mountain is very dry and there are numerous wide crevasses bridged only by risky planks of wood, and Ade feels the risk is too great. The team will be discussing alternative plans this evening and will more than likely look to doing some daywalks out from Base Camp.