Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Island Peak Preparations

As part of our preparations we had to learn how to jumar up a rope.

The journey to Base Camp took about three hours. Rivaling the capacity of our friend Jim's BMW estate, our three yaks – Dole, Kendo and Sou – each carried 60 kilos of camping and climbing equipment.

Our international team started off with five members: us, Mia and Jens from Sweden and Ina from Germany. Mia developed a chest infection, so unfortunately couldn't take part in the summit bid and left Jens on his own to represent Sweden.

The day before leaving for base camp, we got news that we'd be joined by a new member. This strong addition to the team was Lhakpa Sonam Sherpa, a researcher, photographer and lodge owner from Namche Bazar, who is related to the late Tenzing Norgay. He was great company and took some impressive photos of Island Peak.

In the end, Lhakpa, Andy, Jens and Ina made the summit. Jen was doubly gutted at having to pull out, as it meant Sweden beat Finland - its age old competitor!

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