Tuesday, May 31, 2011

31st May George Supports CHASE

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.

please keep visiting http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/giving/ to make a donation to CHASE

Monday, May 30, 2011

30th May. George supports CHASE

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.

george supports CHASE Hospice Care for Children

His one request is that if you are reading this blog and haven't yet supported his charity, please go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/giving/

If you put George Atkinson in the search box, his site will come up and you can make a donation.

George feels very strongly about his charity. There is a link on the Virgin Money Giving page to the charity if you would like further information.

In the meantime, George is on his way back to Katmandhu and we wait to hear when he will fly back to the UK.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

29th May. 17 today!

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.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

27th May gradually descending

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.

We still don't know when he will be home.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

26th May The Boy Done Good

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

kilimanjaro. aged 11
Elbrus. Aged 13
carstenz Pyramid. Aged 13
Aconcagua. Aged 14
Denali. Aged 16
Vinson. Aged 16
Everest. Aged 16 years 362 days

26th May 3.30am uk time. SUMMIT SUCCESS!!!!!!!!!!!!

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!

mark and I are elated and emotional.

Penny (George's mum)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

25th May, 7.30 uk time

from Adventure peaks website

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.

25th May

taken from Zac's blog

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.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

24th May

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.

24th May

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.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

22nd May

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.

Penny and Mark

Saturday, May 21, 2011

21st May

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.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Friday 20th

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.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

15th May

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.

Monday, May 2, 2011

2nd 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.