On their way

David phoned just over an hour ago to say they were leaving this evening at 8pm local time (which is about now). We wish them a safe journey to the top of the world.

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Poised for the summit

The Everest and Lhotse teams left Camp 3 this morning at 06:40 local time. They climbed on oxygen to the South Col. We estimate there were up to 150 climbers en route to camp 4 today (24 May). The first members of our team reached the Yellow Band (7,600m) at 9.45 a.m. David Hamilton reported gusting winds approx 30kph. The leading members of the team passed the Lhotse Y at about 11.00 a.m. Adele Pennington made quick time to reach her camp 4 on Lhotse at 12 noon. She will be accompanied by about 40 other climbers hoping to reach the summit...

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Update on Everest team and Pem Chirri

For those of you following the blog, you will know that one of our Sherpas, Pem Chirri, was injured at Camp 3 last week. Pem has now been discharged from hospital, which is great news. He is on crutches and has to go for dressing twice a week at the clinic in Kathmandu. He has a follow up at hospital in 10 days time, so we’ll post more when we know how that has gone. A lot of climbers have had the pleasure of sharing their expedition experience with Pem, so we appreciate the kind messages and interest in how he is doing. In the...

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The Irish Times 23 May 2012: Guide says Everest claiming more lives

AN IRISH mountain guide who has ascended Mount Everest five times has said several Sherpa deaths have pushed the fatality rate higher than reported. Noel Hanna (45), of Dromara, Co Down, told The Irish Times yesterday there may have been up to eight deaths on the southern/Nepalese side of the mountain this month. Apart from the four expedition members who died on a “summit push” last Saturday, there had been a number of Sherpa fatalities which had not received the same publicity in the western press, he said. A climber believed to be...

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Team in Camp 3

Cian and the team have reached camp 3 (7300m). It has been another hot and sunny day with a nice cooling breeze up high, allowing the team to make good time between camps. They can now rest up for the remainder of the day and hopefully get a good night’s sleep with the aid of some supplementary oxygen. They will then leave early in the morning for the South Col, positioning themselves for the summit push. At this point Adele Pennington will split up from the everest team and head to her own high camp up on the Lhotse Face. The weather...

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The Irish Times 22 May 2012: Four deaths on Mount Everest prompt calls for safety action

A LEADING Nepalese mountaineer has called for greater controls on attempts to climb the south side of Mount Everest, following confirmation of four deaths on the world’s highest mountain over the weekend. The four who died were from Germany, South Korea, China and Canada, while a fifth – reported to be a Nepalese Sherpa guide – was still missing yesterday. Former Nepalese Mountaineering Association president Ang Tshering has said that the Nepalese government should impose schedules, so that scores of climbers were not trying for the...

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Resting at C2 and on schedule for 25th

It is a very warm day here in Everest Base Camp. The reports from camp 2 are that they are all fit and well and looking forward to progressing to Camp 3 in the morning. Bright and early as usual to avoid the scorching sun. The weather is looking good for summit pushes for the Everest team on the 25th May and also Adele is planning to go for the Lhotse summit on the same day. Reports from other teams indicate that the numbers of climbers may be evenly split over the 25th and 26th giving everyone the best chance at a good summit day. Thats all...

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All team back in Camp 2

Our Everest team headed back up to Camp 2 this morning and have all arrived there safely. They’re sleeping now and will have a rest day tomorrow (22nd), before climbing to Camp 3 on the 23rd, Camp 4 on the South Col on the 24th and looking to summit on Friday 25th May. At the moment, the weather forecast looks good. There were a lot of summits over the 18th/19th, though sadly there have been reports of some fatalities. Ian Ridley, who is a member of the Jagged Globe team, has written the following on his Blog: A sad night on Everest we...

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Account of rescue of Pem Chirri

Rescue on Everest – Lhotse Summit Push Aborted but Not Over. Quietly on the 14th May Adele left base camp with Chongba to take what she thought would be the last trip through the icefall. No time for chatter, Adele and Chongba repeated this journey stopping once for some drink. Just before the top Chongba stepped across some popcorn ice in front. Following one step behind Adele suddenly disappeared with a “pop”. No harm was done and both Chongba and Adele giggled as she was pulled out of the little hole. Not even stopping at the...

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Pemchiris Rescue & Everest Summit Attempt 25th May

Hi all, Its been a very interesting week here on Everest. When we left Base camp to make our way towards camp 2 we were hoping to be on the summit today 20th May. Everything was looking good for our may 20th summit bid. The team had made it through the Ice fall and up the Western Cwm safely. It was a nice feeling knowing that it was the 2nd last time that we would go through the dangerous Ice-fall (well thats what I thought). I moved quickly to get to camp 2 so I could rest for the whole day and the next. As the day went on we did notice a lot...

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