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  Mt. Everest 2005: British Everest expedition: Horseshoes and The Times


Photo Tom West ©EverestNews.com

Update: Another update from The British Karrimor Team.

As the jet stream winds strip the upper mountain of snow and send streamers and plumes off the higher elevations and the Rongbuk Valley wind threatens to uproot and throw our tents far into Tibet, our team have been busy at BC challenging the Indian Air Force Everest Team to a game of horseshoes. Apologies first to the unfortunate limping Tibetan ponies who sacrificed their shoes for our worthy cause! Mick promises to return them at the end of the expedition.

 

Mick's attention to detail in pitch preparation would make any Wimbledon grounds man proud! The game started off with our star player Mick, who had been practicing all morning, being easily beaten by an Indian who had never picked up a horseshoe in his life. The game progressed quite evenly, they would win a round then we would win one. In the end, in the interests of diplomacy and good will, we let them beat us by a narrow margin (they completely whupped our butt!). Application has been made to Guinness  however for the record of highest ever game of horseshoes!

 

Yesterday we were interviewed and photographed by staff of the Times newspaper who are here to cover Sir Ranulph Fiennes attempt. Keep your eyes open in the newspapers for our handsome tanned faces. One day the Keswick Reminder, the next, the Times. Whatever next? Possibly the Tibetan Gazette for stealing horseshoes!

 

Dr. John is hosting a medical meeting in our BC this afternoon for all expedition doctors (apart from the Chinese who rudely snubbed the invitation for some reason). This is to coordinate the positioning of medical expertise and equipment on the mountain during the final phase of summit attempts.

 

The team intends to move back to ABC in dribs and drabs from the 12th. With no clear period of stable weather obvious from forecasts at the moment, the emphasis is on rest and recuperation. During the next quiet period, Brice's team of Sherpas will fix the remainder of the mountain from 8300m past the crux of the second step at 8600m paving the way for summit attempts.

 

Stuart Holmes on behalf of the team.

The team are made up of:

Non climbing members:

Dr. John Semple

Robbie the Chef

 

Climbing Sherpas:

Phanden Sherpa

Mingma Sherpa

Pasang Sherpa

Jangbu Sherpa

 

Climbers:

Tom Richardson

Ian Wade

Matt Sharman

Dan Short

Mick Bromley

Tim Mosedale

Ross Ash-Cregan

Stuart Holmes

 

All the British climbers are from or have strong links with Keswick in

the Lake District, Northern England. They are a private, non commercial, group of friends. They do not have much in the way of

technology so updates are by satellite phone and the occasional email courtesy of the Norwegians.

 

Updates

 

 

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