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Epic Everest Update #6
Trek to Dingboche, 21 April
Apr 21 2014 Written by: Brad Horn
21 April: Greeted by perfect weather again today. In summary, we covered roughly 12 kilometres over the course of the day and gained in altitude 500 metres (1650 feet). It was a very picturesque day; seems that the views only get better as we move higher. We tracked the course of the Imja Khola River to our night stop at Dingboche. The highlight of the day was undoubtedly a ritual blessing by a Lama. This is a local custom for Everest aspirants to pay homage to the mountain, and be blessed for safe passage up the mountain and back to ... [Read More]
From The Field
Epic Everest Update #5
20 April: Beautiful clear day today as we left Namche. The mountains were out in all their glory, set against a brilliant blue sky. We set off from Namche just after 8 and climbed steadily most of the morning. The track contoured the valley of the Bhote Koshi River. En-route we stopped at the Tenzing Norgay Memorial which offered spectacular views of Everest. It was clear, although some lenticular cloud was apparent. Panuru said this normally means there will be a change in weather over the next couple of days. As we continued the morning, the views just got better with every ...
Epic Everest Update #4
19 April: Today was a rest day at Namchebazar (3300 metres). These “rest” days are important for the acclimatisation process to the altitude. We did nonetheless spend the morning on an acclimatisation trek up to the Everest View Hotel (3880 metres). The hotel offered awesome views of Ama Dablam (6812 metres) and Thamserku (6623 metres). Unfortunately Everest was shrouded in cloud however, I am sure that we will have ample opportunity in due course. We also visited Khumjung village in the valley below. This village’s school and hospital has been heavily supported by the Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation. The afternoon was spent finalising ...
Epic Everest Update #3
You may have heard news of the recent tragic events on Everest with the avalanche. Rest assured that Brad, Kevin and Ake are fine. They are still 5 days from Base camp. Our hearts go out to the friends and families of the Sherpas that lost their lives. 17 April: Had an early start for the flight into Lukla. The 35 minute flight was spectacular as we skirted the high snowcapped peaks on our left. The landing at Lukla was interesting to say the least. The airstrip is steeply uphill so no need to wear the brake pads out! ...
Epic Everest Update #2
16 April: We arrived into Kathmandu yesterday after an uneventful flight, via KL. The weather here is beautifully warm and sunny at 24°C. We are staying at a very comfortable hotel called the Yak & Yeti, which is centrally located in town. Kathmandu is very similar in some ways to the cities in northern India. Of course there is a fair degree of commonality in the cultures with Buddhism and Hinduism being the dominant religions. Like India, the traffic is chaotic with the beeping of car horns the order of the day. We spent yesterday afternoon settling in and we had a briefing ...
An Epic Ugandan Safari
Rob Barbour from Epic Private Journeys here. I have just returned from a fabulous couple of weeks in Uganda, guiding a group of 8 people who were experiencing this magical country for the first time. Uganda is unique in that not only is it a great destination to see the few remaining mountain gorillas, but it also offers chimpanzee trekking and the opportunity to view several other primate species. We visited the remote Kidepo National Park in north-eastern Uganda to add a more traditional safari component to the trip. Kidepo National Park has large herds of buffalo and good numbers of lion that prey on ...
Epic Everest Update #1
It has been a pretty intense couple of months on the training front in preparation for the climb. I have continued doing what I ordinarily do; weights, swimming, cycling and running but have supplemented this with some more specific training. I have been doing 3 pack trekking sessions a week. At least one of those has been walking a nearby hill near my home, Gower St, with my pack on dragging a tyre. Ordinarily I do 15/16 repetitions of the hill which takes me I hour 30 minutes. Must say you get some pretty strange looks from people driving past. ...
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