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Our plans were to spend Christmas Day in Namche Bazaar, the de facto Sherpa capital, and do two treks, one in the Gokyo area and another up towards Everest, returning to Namche for New Year in between...
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Mukot Peak 2015 Image

Our trek had an ominous start in thick cloud and rain for the first two days before a wondrous transition to blue skies was hailed by the most magnificent rainbow over our camp...
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Mukot Peak 2015 Image

Leading the KE Adventure Travel trip to the Karakoram to trek up the Baltoro Glacier, visit K2 Base Camp and cross the Gondogoro La, I thought it would begin with the dramatic flight from...
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Mongolia 2015

On the ridge the wind accelerated, sapping energy and breathe from the already tired team. We moved slowly along it and reached a small col. The summit was close, just above us but the cold and wind was fierce...
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Mongolia 2015

After as early a start as we could manage, we set off next morning, the 30th August to climb Khuiten, the main prize, via a col and the ridge that skirts the flank of the north face. One member elected to stay at High Camp, exhausted by the carry the day before...
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Mongolia 2013

The established climbing routes on it vary from Russian grade 2 to 6 on both rock and ice. The known routes were all first climbed by Russians between 1936 and 1984. The potential for new lines both here and across the whole range is...
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Mongolia 2013

Again I woke in the night. It was quite obvious that not only was running on deep snow over fractured invisible ice dangerous, the more the snow fell, the greater was the risk of avalanche and rock fall. There was not even a safe period when it froze in the night. There was no choice - we had to evacuate the Base Camp asap...
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Mongolia 2013

When we reached the High Camp it was not like I have ever seen it. Instead of a series of sheltered rocky ledges perched above a 500m drop it was totally banked up with snow and crammed with 3 times as many tents as I had ever seen there before. We cut platforms in the snow and anchored our tents with snow stakes,...
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Mongolia 2013

The blizzard raged until about dawn. About a foot of snow had fallen. Clearly the main objective, Khuiten was out of the question, the slopes and ridges would be plastered in deep avalanche prone snow. Instead we went for the second and safer objective Narindal, at 4183m its summit is the junction between Russia ,China and Mongolia and gives a fantastic view with no trace of humanity in any direction...
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Everest Marathon 2013

The first three hours, with the exception of climbing over a 2km boulder covered glacier near Gorak Shep were mostly downhill. Then to get the distance at Dingboche at about 4200m we turned uphill for a grueling 6km loop below Ama Dablam. Lots of people fell over and there was blood from knees and hands on the rocks on the trail...
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Langtang 2012

Perhaps the best way to sum this trip up is the word WOW. It didn't start that way though as three members of the team were delayed out of Manchester and missed their connection to Kathmandu. This meant that the whole team finally began the trek from Syabru Bensi a day late...
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khumbu 20123

The so called by KE Adventure Travel 'Everest the Hard Way' trek does, as another cliché goes 'exactly what it says on the can'. It is certainly not easy and if you just want to tick Everest Base Camp, don't bother with this trek but it is in my opinion by far the best trek in the Khumbu...
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Torridon 2011

I was keen to see the famous Trible Buttresses, the scene of the near death avalanche experience for Jon Winter and Ian Parnell a few years earlier. Stupendous puts in mildly and they are in themselves a just reward for the two hour walk to the base...
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