Monday, 29 April 2013

Women on Everest

Now, I'm not going to go all Destiny's Child on you. Question. But this post is dedicated to three quite frankly, brilliant women.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Everest Undone

At 11.30 am, on the 29th May, 1953, the emptiness of Mount Everest's summit was broken for the first time. Sagarmatha, it would seem was finally conquered by Edmund Hillary, a beekeeper from New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay, a Nepalese sherpa.

Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay

Thursday, 21 March 2013

A Break in the Clouds

On the Northeast Ridge of Everest in Tibet, the clouds momentarily parted to reveal two climbers a mere 800ft below the summit, before mist and fog enveloped the mountain once again. That was the last time anyone saw George Mallory and Andrew Irvine alive.

Irvine (L), Mallory (R)

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Non-Climbers Guide to Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Hmm…yes, that’s a good idea?!...

When thinking of honeymoon ideas, Mount Kilimanjaro isn’t really up there in terms of a romantic getaway. But this is exactly what my significant half Stuart and I decided to do.

Non-Trekkers Guide to Trekking to Everest Base Camp

Welcome to Lukla

I closed my eyes and took a deep breath as the Twin Otter revved into action. My hand griped tighter to the armrest as I heard my fellow passengers jittery voices murmuring to each other over the roar of the engines. I felt the lift-off and congratulated myself as if it was my own sheer will-power that soared it off the ground. What I was nervous of was not exactly the fight itself, but the landing - Lukla, branded the World’s Most Dangerous Airport, a 25 minute flight from Kathmandu.