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Ed is a fireman, Ad is a doctor, and we are both mad keen climbers. Ed is a rock warrior, and a great all rounder too, Ad is steady at all disciplines, but particularly loves the hardships of winter climbing and mountaineering. He keeps fit running and on the bike. We are both from Shrewsbury, where the nearest we have to a climbing club is the shop 'Highsports'. The owner, Stuart is a famous climber and mountaineer, and keeps us locals psyched with a great shop, a great website ( http://www.highsports.co.uk/ ) and a great winter lecture series. Mad for it!

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Arrived at basecamp...

We’re nearly three weeks into our expedition to the Everest region. It’s been great getting to know the rest of the team and enjoying the trek to basecamp. 

We’ve been at basecamp for about four days now. As well as just settling in we’ve done a trip up to Pumori basecamp to gain a bit of height, a bit of rope work practice on the glacier, and today I’ve pootled down to Gorak Shep on an ‘active rest day’ for internet (there’s no climbing today as it’s the anniversary of the 2014 avalanche into the icefall). 

Tim Mosedale is running a superb expedition, as always, with the perfect balance of fun and seriousness where needed. Most people on the team are trying Everest, including Strava Athlete Rupert Jones Warner who is trying to beat the speed record for climbing Everest from the South and North in the same season (currently 7 days). Also sharing our basecamp is Australian Steve Plain, who is close to finishing the fastest ever completion of The Seven Summits. 

It’s great to be back, and I’m looking forward to the next few weeks heading higher up into the mountains. 

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