Saturday, April 30, 2011

30th April

I'm having a good time at basecamp. I have been a bit ill. Yesterday the guide though I had a urinary infection but it isn't and I'm fine.

I have a couple of days rest here before we move up to 7,500 meters in a few days time.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

27th April

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.

tomorrow I'm going back down to bc. 

23rd April

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.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wednesday 20th April

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.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

13th April

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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11th April

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.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

9th April Saturday

Hi

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.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

7th April Thursday

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.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

6th April Wednesday

Hi

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.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

5th April Tuesday

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.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

3rd April

George flew off safely yesterday. There were two other expeditions making their way through Terminal 4. George did not get charged for his 10 kg excess baggage - what a result!

Friday, April 1, 2011

1St April Friday

Just one day to go till I go off to Everest, I've just been packing today, I hate packing but hey it's neccessary.

I also just got a new Chase t-shirt (Chase is the charity that I'm supporting)
This is it and for those people that want to support me and Chase here's the link to my Virgin just giving site.
www.virginmoneygiving.com/GeorgeAtkinson.