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Ueli Steck

Very sad news: Ueli Steck has been killed in an accident near C2 on Everest.
Ueli was one of the greatest mountaineers of his generation and pioneered the idea of the mountaineer being an athlete. He climbed on Everest in 2012 with High Adventure Expeditions. We will miss his kindness and his energy.


The team is arriving in Kathmandu. TA, Bill and Hugo are all at the amazing Yak and Yeti hotel. Amit arrives in a few hours and Ade will be the last of the team to arrive Friday morning. The long flights and dramatic time change confuses the body upon arrival in Nepal. Lots of naps and lots of eating help.

Bags Packed

Our bags are packed and goodbye's with family and friends are in full swing. The team will begin flying to Kathmandu in the next day or two.
Depending on where your travel from, flights to Kathmandu can involve several flights and up to 40 hours in the airport/airplane merry-go-round. Good luck to everyone and fingers crossed that all the bags reach Kathmandu with the climbers.

Climbing Team

In the next few days we hope to tell you more about each of the climbers and Sherpas that are on our expedition. Once again our team is led by Hugo Searle, a veteran of many Himalayan expeditions and an Everest summiter.
Our climbers are:
TA Loeffler
Ade Pettitt
Amit Kotecha
Bill Driggs
Our Sherpa team are:
Karma Sherpa
Jangbu Sherpa
Chewang Karma Sherpa
Pemba Nima Sherpa
Nima Tenji Sherpa

Everest Expedition 2016 Begins

The High Adventure Expeditions' Sherpa team has been at Everest basecamp for a week now. They've been building tent platforms and setting up our basecamp tents. This is hard work. Basecamp is on a glacier that is covered in rocky moraine. The glacier moves and from year to year it changes so much that new tent platforms need to be excavated by chipping at the ice, moving stones and boulders and laying flat stones to create work areas or walls.

Raising Money on Everest

Over the years I suspect that millions of dollars (or pounds) have been raised by climbers on Mt Everest. Individuals and whole teams have dedicated their efforts towards charitable goals. What a great idea! 
It would be an interesting exercise to see what kind of an impact these fundraising efforts have had on their charities. To follow the money and see examples of how the tremendous efforts put forth by climbers have translated into good and amazing things being done around the world.

Picture of the Week

The Lhotse Face on Mount Everest is steep. 

Here we are climbing on the very hard clacier ice and it looks like we're headed straight up to the sun!

Happy Feet Mountaineering in Canada

High Adventure Expeditions works closely with our partners in Nepal: Happy Feet Mountaineering. This past month, their leader and a former climbing partner of Hugo's, Ngima Dendi Sherpa has been visiting Canada.
Dendi was in Vancouver and Nelson BC. He is returning to Kathmandu on Thursday. We wish Dendi safe travels and hope he had a great time in Canada.

Are You Ready to Tackle Everest?

Check out this website from Winfield Outdoors, it has a lot of information about how to prepare for an Everest expedition.
If you think you're ready, contact us for more details on our Everest expedition next spring - 2016.

Earthquake Response

The earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25th has caused terrible tragedy to befall a beautiful, historic nation.


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