This isn't my usual blog post, and certainly not one I wanted to write either. Yesterday my friend Lakpa Thundu Sherpa died in an avalanche on Ama
Cho Oyu expedition: so close yet so far…
We left ABC on 27th September for Camp 1 where I felt strong and confident. It then emerged that I'd picked up some sort of stomach bug. I decided to
Ready To Summit!
SUMMIT PUSH IS ON!
The SUMMIT PUSH IS ON! After a number of days, and few updates, we are pleased to say Alex is currently at Camp 2 with the team, at 7125m waiting
Camp 1 Update
At Camp 1 for a second night, feeling strong. The Ice cliff and Cho Oyu is right behind me. Climbing an 8000m peak is bloomin' hard, but mental
Ready, steady, Cho…
Ready, steady, Cho Oyu... our first rotation and six days on 'the hill' to acclimatise for the summit bid has begun. Me, Charlene and Rolfe are now
Cho Oyu First Glimpse!
Cho Oyu nearly had Alex falling out of his tent today, when he got his first view of the big hill. Epic doesn't cut it. Not a bad spot to be resting,
On the up, at 5700m
Alex arrived at ABC, yesterday, feeling a lot better at 5700m. Bad weather is currently hiding Cho Oyu. He arrived just in time for his Puja blessing,
Cho Oyu Update: 3 steps backward
Today the team arrive at Advanced Base Camp (ABC) at 5,700m. Sadly I haven't joined them. After a six hour walk we got to an intermediate camp at
Cho Oyu 2016: One Week in Tibet
You know the whole thing about adapting and overcoming? Well, here we go! I spent a fair bit of effort conjuring together a blog on my laptop that was
Cho Oyu: The mountains are calling, and I must Cho…
Okay, so the title was a bit crap. But now I have your attention! This Sunday I leave for a seven-week expedition to Tibet, a part of the Himalayas
Training for Everest or an 8000m peak
With 16 talks in the last 32 days to over 900 people, one of the key questions has been: “What’s next?”. It’s Cho Oyu. The 6th highest peak in the
Cho Oyu 2016 – Down, but not out!
So... what's next? Since Everest last year I've been asked this continually. If you've read my book you probably have a better idea. But in the