9th Aug: Liam rang today with an update, now he can get satellite reception. Liam, Niels and Jesper reached the summit of Chapayev in beautiful sunny conditions with blue sky and spectacular views all round. Nick went a third of the way to the Summit from Camp 2 before turning back. Congratulations to the team! Once back in Camp 2, bad weather came in with blizzard conditions but the group got back safely to Camp 1 yesterday and are now at Base camp where the sun has come out again. Raj left the group after the training phase of the trip due to a strained leg as he decided it was not worth aggravating the injury or holding back the team. He has gone on to do some volunteering in the area. Andrew also decided to go back to enjoy the sights and sounds of Bishkek after the initial training period. Those at Base Camp are expecting the helicopter to arrive to collect them tomorrow morning and take them to Maidadir, before travelling overland to Karakol, then on to Bishkek. We wish them all a safe journey.
28th July: The group have just completed their acclimatisation and training period in the Ala Acha where they gained experience in ice axe, crampons, glacial travel and crevasse rescue before climbing Utchitel (Teacher) Peak at 4500m. Yesterday they practiced ascending and descending fixed ropes in readiness for Peak Chapeyev. The final hours were spent doing a bit of rock climbing for good measure. The group leave for Karakol in the morning and should fly by helicopter to the North Inglcheck Glacier on Monday.