Today I’ve completed my NICAS award level one. Not the highest of climbing awards but now I have some qualification in climbing. I’ve also found out that my expedition next year to the Himalaya’s is looking more likely now because there has been more interest for the trip at Gordonstoun. I just need some sponsorship for the expedition and that would be great.
This weekend I was supposed to go hill walking in the Cairngorms with Mountain rescue at Gordonstoun, this was unfortunately cancelled because of a brake down with the gas and electricity in the hut we were going to stay at, this is unfortunate because we had some alright weather over the weekend.
Recently I've been doing some climbing at a climbing wall to try and get my NICAS award, I'll do the assessment next week. Can't wait.
Nothing much has happened recently, I was supposed to go on a walk in the Cairngorms but unfortunately I had work to do. Oh well next time I shall be going. I also have a very good 5th of November at Gordonstoun. We had a good fireworks display and a good bonfire which was pleasant.
I've also started a twitter accound. my twitter name is GeorgeAktinson7s. the 7s meaning seven summits. I shall be adding a link to my twitter on the blog in case anyone wants a look.
Just to let you know what’s been happening since the 1st of July. The rest of summer was spent doing some more climbing and relaxing at home before starting school. I did some rock climbing, a via ferrata and some more hill walking.
I was also able to get in contact with a ghost writer who I’ve been talking to about publishing my Journals on Everest and some of the other mountains. I’m hoping that next year I can get that published. His name is Gordon Kerr and he has a fascination with Everest and I’m looking forward to working with him on a book. I’ve also been talking to literary agents about getting publishers for the book. I’ve had some success with this and I’ve chosen an agent called Patrick Walsh to be my agent.
Recently I’ve started school. I now go to Gordonstoun up in Scotland. So far I’ve been enjoying it. I’ve joined the mountain rescue service team that the school runs and I’ve been on an expedition with the school to Cairngorm national park as well as a sail training voyage on a tall ship. I think I shall enjoy my time at Gordonstoun.
I’ve also been in Contact with Stone Monkey again. They gave me some free samples a few months ago. I’ve been in contact with them again and I visited their show room I Wilmslow. We’ve come to an agreement and I shall be working with them from now on. I’ve put a link to their website on the side If anyone is interested in checking out their clothes.
I’m also starting to look for some sponsors. I’m going to go on a school expedition next year to the Tian Shan or to the Himalayas to try and climb some unclimbed peaks. The cost of this expedition is about £9,000 and I would need to raise the monkey and possibly get some new equipment. If anyone reads this and is interested please write a comment underneath this. I would appreciate any support people can give me.
I've just been away climbing for a week. I went to the Chamonix Valley to climb Mont Blanc. This is the highest mountain in France and all of Western Europe. It was quite a tough climb but it didn’t compare to Everest but it was still a worthy achievement for me and my team.
This was also the first mountain that I climbed with my father since I was 14. Unfortunately he was unable to get to the summit. I will be going back in about a week or so to do some rock climbing, should be fun, can’t wait.
When I got back to the UK, I found a dvd that Blue peter sent me. I did a bit for them and I raced Andy up a climbing wall at mile end. I haven’t seen it yet but it was a fun day. They actually gave me a gold blue peter badge. I was really please when I got it because never thought that I would get anything. Now I can get into loads of places free in the UK.
I also found the clothes that Stone Monkey had given me for doing Everest. So far I’ve enjoyed wearing the clothes and the cap.
Since the last time I posted something on the blog I've had a lot to do.
On wednesday I did some school talks at Esher school because I have a family friend who works there and I also did some talks at my old primary school Surbiton Prep school. It was quite fun to do the talks to the kids. I think they enjoyed it most of the time and hopefully they've gained some inspiration out of it. What was quite funny was that some kids were asking me for my autograph.
On Thursday I went into the bbc to talk to Sonali. I'll put a link up ASAP. The interview went quite well I think, I also talked to somebody from blue peter to talkabout next week when I would be doing some filming with them.
This weekend I'm going to take a break and go back to Switzerland until Monday.
I've been back in the UK since Friday Evening, It feels really good to be back home. I have to be careful that I don't become lazy because I haven't really done much since returning, It's been good though.
I have however been doing some interviews and other media things. I was on BBC news and ITV news. I've also been giving interviews to people like crazy, It's been really good though.
I'm actually going to be on Newsround this thursday which will be an interesting experience.
Still travelling back to Katmandhu. The Sherpa team were still at Basecamp yesterday clearing up. it is important that each team takes responsibility to clear the mountain of their rubbish so that it remains a place of beauty
There have been so many articles on George and his climb. Most have been positive and full of good wishes. One that we liked was http://he123.solobis.net/sweet-16-teen-george-atkinson-sets-record-scales-seven-summits
you will see that I have left a comment recognizing George's dad Mark who accompanied George on his first four mountains. There were so many quotes from me and I felt Mark deserved a mention.
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I spoke to George yesterday on his birthday. He was buoyed up by all the birthday wishes and is looking forward to reading all the comments on his blog. We have saved all the congratulation emails he has received as well.
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In the meantime, George is on his way back to Katmandhu and we wait to hear when he will fly back to the UK.
George phoned yesterday from Basecamp. yaks went up to advanced Basecamp to help carry all the kit and caboodle off the mountain. Next is the transportation back to Katmandhu.
BUT today is Georges Birthday. So if you are reading this, please leave him a birthday wish in the comments.
he is looking forward to getting home.
Thank you to everyone who has sent their congratulations. We have saved all the emails for George to read. ITN did a great story on News at 10 on Friday night. I don't know if you can look it up on their website and play it back, but it was a really good article. They managed to get a summit photo before we did but they sent it on to us. I have been trying to post it here on the blog.
we spoke tomGeorge today by satellite phone. he said how difficult the descent had been. he is a Advanced Basecamp. tomorrow yaks are coming up the Rongbuk Glacier to clear the kit of the mountain. he sounded tired but happy.
ITN New at 10 had him as their "and finally" item. The first photo of him on the summit was shown. it was a well put together piece and I am sure you can watch it on playback via the Internet if you missed it.
George is back down at 7800 tonight. that is still very high. we haven't heard from him directly but trust that all is well. tomorrow everyone at Camp 2 will descend to Advanced Basecamp. they will all be trying to get some sleep after a very tiring couple of days. they must be exhausted.
the aim is to get back to Katmandhu by the 30th May so he should be home soon.
congratulations have been pouring in from all over the globe. George is the Youngest Brit to have scaled Everest. he has also achieved his goal to become the youngest person in the world to have climbed the Seven Summits
George has done it. He reached the summit at about 8.15 Nepali time. It sounds as if the weather is good with great views over Cho Oyu. Congratulations to all the team members who have made it so far and we hope the last few get there soon.
A big thank you to everyone who has helped George to achieve his dream including all the team at Adventure Peaks, leaders of earlier expeditions such as Ben Bradford, Robin Beadle and Tim Bird, Sasha from Elbrus and Cesar from Aconcagua, leonard Lymio for Kilimanjaro and of course Zac, Chris and Sonam for this time round. Just get my boy down safe now!
25th May 18:39: All the members at the top camp except Nick have left for their summit bid. Nick was still recovering from the journey up to 8300m. He will leave at first light (about 4.30am) and ascend to the ridge but no longer has intentions of reaching the summit. Zac and the group bringing up the rear are about a third of the way up the exit gullies heading to the Northeast Ridge. At this stage it's believed none of the team have reached the ridge yet but the weather is good and virtually no wind for now.
The whole team (with the exception of Simon and Heather who are now both at ABC) today left Camp 2 (7,800m) to climb to Camp 3 (8,300m). With the exception of Jason who turned round and is now back at Camp 2, everyone is now successfully at Camp 3, although some members have found the day quite tough. Following the early summit attempts by most groups earlier this week the team have the mountain to themselves, and despite some snowfall this afternoon the sun returned in time to give a great sunset.
It is now dark and the team are brewing up ready to start their final push. The first members will leave Camp 3 at 21:00 (16:15 UK time) with Zac, Chris and the final Sherpas being the last to leave at 22:30 (17:45 UK time).
The next update will hopefully come from the second step after about six hours climbing time.
The weather is looking good winds are low, temperature estimated at a tropical -20C (normally colder), there is a chance of some snow but it's not believed to be too much to have any major impact on the summit attempt.
george is now at camp 2, 7800m. This is higher than he has ever got to before and only 1000 from the top. in normal circumstances, George would find 1000m a bit of a walk in the park but this is a whole new ball game. He went onto oxygen at 7500 and will maintain that now till he comes back down to about 7500m. He will need to try and maintain his pace over the next few days to ensure he does not run out. a shortage of oxygen would mean having to abandon his summit bid.
They will head for Camp 3 at 7.30 tomorrow morning, that will be about 2am in the uk. They will arrive at this 8200m resting point at about 4ish and then leave at about 10.30pm.
We think he is going strongly and still determined. The forecast looks good for 26th with winds at the summit between 10mph and 30mph.
news from Adventure Peaks says that the team has reached the North Col (7020m) and today will head up to Camp 2 (7800m). So they will be underway right now. On Wednesday they will head up to camp 2 Camp 3 (8250m). After a rest of a couple of hours the team will make a staggered departure for the summit between 21:00 and 22:30 (16:15 and 17:45 on 25th May UK time). George will be the last to leave camp 3.They should all be on the top by 8am uk time on the 26th. A quick descent should see everyone at Camp 2 or lower before nightfall and everyone back to ABC by the evening of the 27th.
there have been bitterly cold winds at the top but many teams have already summited and the top is indeed clearing of other climbers leaving the field clear for the AP team. The advantage of this is that there should be no hold-ups on the way up, waiting for other teams on the ladder at Step 2.
George phoned today on the satellite phone. he will be leaving camp at about 10.30pm on Wednesday night and hopes to be at the second step by sunrise and on the top by about 8am Chinese time. This will be about 3am uk time. Adventure Peaks are going to try and keep the live updates coming throughout the night. This depends on the reliability of the satellite phone. If you want to look at their website, there is a link to the right of this post. It sounds as if some of the backlog of climbers has cleared and they think they may have the mountain to themselves that day.
as soon as we hear anything, we will send out an email. please forward this on to anyone who knows what George is doing as we are bound to miss someone out. We are hoping that George will be able to call us from the top but there is no guarantee.
Fingers crossed for all the team on their summit bid.
George has emailed to say that their summit day has now been pushed back to Thursday. They hope to summit around 8am local time which will be about 2.30-3am in the UK. he says he is feeling good. Hopefully this change of date will give them all time to rest up before the last big push. they head up to camp 1 on Monday.
There is a bit of a backlog of teams waiting to summit now that the weather has turned in their favour. Hopefully many of these will have summited and be on the way back down and therefore not be in the way of ascending teams.
At last we are moving back up to ABC today. Some of the team went yesterday. The weather patterns seem to be completely different on the North side because we know that teams have been summitting from the South side but the winds have been too high on the North ridge. There have been a lot of teams waiting at ABC who are pushing on now to the North Col. A team of sherpas has also gone up before us to fix ropes along the ridge.
I went to see the memorials yesterday for mountaineers who have died on Everest - v scary.
Sorry for the long gap between posts. I made it up to 7,500m on 5th May. Zac's blog has a good description. We then went back down to ABC and then BC. Since then the weather up high has been bad. Some of our tents were blown down by the high winds.
I have been stuck in BC since then getting a bit bored. I am still in good spirits but starting to get worried about my acclimatization. My mobile handset is locked to Orange and they have so far been unable to give us the means to unlock it so I have been using the satellite phone occasionally but now someone has kindly leant me a phone to use with my Chinese sim card so communication should be a bit easier from now on.
We are getting conflicting weather forecasts. We have to wait until the wind on the summit is less than 30mph. The next two days are either going to be dead calm or very windy, we are not sure which. We are not going up just yet - the earliest we could be on the summit looks like 24 th May.
I'll be back at Advanced Base Camp tomorrow. We're starting stage 2. this will mean i'll be climbing up to 7,500 meters or higher if possible, I'll try to climb up to 7,800 meters. The earliest possible summit date is the 16th.
I managed to climb to the north col today. I did the whole walk in 6 hours 40 minutes which is very fast. The sherpas said I was very strong today so this is good news. I climbed with Sonam for the first time. He was really helpful on the way up. The walk was really good today. the fixed lines went over quite a few crevasses and under a few seracs. The trail seemed to wind up the face. North Col camp was really quite barren. The ridge doesn't seem that long but I'm sure it will be when I climb it.
The team is generally fine although some are showing signs of altitude sickness.
I should have been able to get a good view of the summit from the top of the north col but unfortunately the weather was bad so I wasn't able to see it.
I'm at ABC at the moment and i'll be here for a couple of days. I've been suffering from the altitude a bit. I've had a headache all day, I've taken half a diamox and some ibuprofen.It's been snowing today which means it's been quite cold.
The last two days we've moved from BC to intermediate camp to ABC. The
treks been quite hard because of the Altitude but it's been really quite
amazing. I've seen 30 foot penitentes, they make the ones on Aconcagua
look really pathetic. we've been walking up the west Rongbuck Glacier to
get to ABC. I think everyone's been affected by the walk and I do feel
quite tired but I'm ok.
tomorrow we are having a rest day then we will go up the north col if the
weather is good. after that we will go back down to base camp.
George called today on the satellite phone from base camp. He said he was feeling good, not getting much sleep but he had been to 6000 metres today and the weather was fine. No problems so far with acclimatising.
The Adventure Peaks expedition page also has some news.
Back in Nepal! we will have a day to get ourselves packed and sorted for a departure to the boarder tomorrow. It is good to have a rest after the trekking and acclimatisation of the last week? We should arrive at Everest base camp on Friday.
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Today we moved from Namche Baazar to Lukla which was a good few miles, I'm quite tired now but I've fully recovered from my stomache problems which is good. I think i Have to get up early tomorrow to get on the plane. There are a few things that I need to get in Kathmandu before heading off to base camp.
Today I've finished the ascent of my acclimatization walks, the next time I ascend somewhere it will be on Everest.
I've had a good day today, I'm staying in Dingbouche and today I went to 5,083 meters. It was snowing over night so it was quite cold this morning but it was ok after I got going, I was able to get from 4,400 meters to 5,083 meters in two and a half hours which is really good. I took some pictures from the top and a video of what it was like. We climbed to the top of a mountain ridge and we got some pretty good views of Abadablam and island peaks. They really look amazing.
Although trekking on the south side of Everest was fun I am looking forward to finally getting onto Everest. Before I go I'm going to Kathmandu for 2 days so I can just get my stuff prepared for going to Everest.
Tomorrow I'm moving back down to Namche Bazaar and the day after that I'm going to Lukla to get a flight to Kathmandu.
Today's been a good day. Just moved up to pangbouche which is at 4,000 meters high. I don't feel much altitude sickness which is good.
today's walk was quite tough but also fun. the dam yaks kept getting in the way though. I'm looking forward to eating one tonight. We walked for a good good five hours or so. I'm always at the back so it took me longer probably but that's not a bad thing.
I'm going up further tomorrow but I'm not sure where.
Today's walk was good, we didn't move further up, we just did an acclimatization walk to the Everest Hotel, I got my first glimpse of Everest from there which was amazing. It's huge it really is. The summit of the mountain kind of looks like a pyramid made of rock and snow.
I'm starting to be affected by the altitude, I've had some headaches today but that's fine, it's to be expected. Anyhow I'm back at Namche Bazaar which means my headache has gone.
I also bought a new Marmot jacket today because I was getting slightly cold. It's good, might not actually be from the proper makers but it's still quite good.
I move up again tomorrow so I'm not sure I'll be able to update the blog any more.
Hi, It's George again, my parents published the last post.
I've just been treking the past 2 days. The flights have been pretty intense as well. We flew of to Lukla in the Himilayan foothills the day after we arived in Kathmandu. This meant we had to get up at 4 in the morning. The plane flight was fun because there was a lot of turbulance making it slightly dangerous but fun. After landing we had some tea then walked for a couple of hourse. We had lunch in another tea house then walked on the tea house were we were staying, we were there by 12:00 which was good. After than we sat around or went to sleep until 6:30.
The day after we moved up further to Namche Bazaar which was is a small town. The walk up here was harder than yesterday but ok. We didn't have to much problem, unfortunately I've picked up a stomache bug or something becaue i'm now slightly ill. I think now i'm starting to recover but it was still pretty unpleasant. The town is quite amazing. It's all built out of the rock around here and it's built around this valley. The street r very confusing but their interesting because they're all cobelled.
We're goint up higher tomorrow but tomorrow shouldn't be as hard as it was today which is good.
Today I did some training at the gym to exercise the leg muscles for Everest, Yesterday I climbed the Saleve twice and this was a real achievement for me because previously I had only been able to climb it once. This was with a full back as well. This also gave me a new opportunity to try out my new boots, they are really good because they were confortable and I didn't get any blisters. I think I’m ready for Everest.
I did a long hike for training today, I did a 6 hour hike with a 30 kg pack up a mountain just outside of Geneva called the Saleve, I would have done more walking but I was beginning to get blisters so I decided to stop, I don’t want to get blisters before Everest.
It was a good day, the weather was good and I had a good view of one side of the Chamonix valley from the top which was good to look at while eating lunch.
I’m kind of tired now that’s good because it shows I’ve worked hard enough today.
Just got home for the weekend after school to do some training but can't because of a bad cold. This annoys me since I want to get back into the swing of training and start to get ready for Everest but unfortunately I can't.