Sounds like a busy start to the climbing season with a sherpa setting a new record of 24 ascents and Kenton Cool managing his 14th ascent.  Apparently if the sherpa has enough energy he'll guide another group in a few days.

Sails, I have often wondered how the Sherpas succeed at it so naturally. Is it because they are acclimatised to the conditions from very young or that they have just accesended so many times that they know the routes and weather etc so well?

ig - re Sherpas it is a combination of evolution and experience 

as an aside [chambo] I once spent a week winter climbing in Scotland with Kenton Cool when he was going for his guide accreditation [/chambo]

The main problem with Everest these days is avoiding all the family groups and litter

Try the Killer Mountain Nanga Parbat, or Annapurna

Kenton Cool featured in an excellent documentary on the north face of the eiger.  

[chambo] a friend of mine’s ex bf was a climbing buddy of joe simpson [/chambo] 

Dolomite recent studies have shown the Sherpas have a gene mutation that assists with living and working at altitude but also once they've been up a few times they'll be moving rather faster than someone on their first attempt who's being guided up.

Bernstein K2 is the one where if you summit with three friends you can be pretty sure one of you will die on the way down so don't climb in a group of four!

Interesting. So incredibly tough. Anyone done any hard mountain climbs? 

I see that the deaths are already clocking up even though it's early in the Himalayan season.  As ever most of the deaths seem to be on the way down.

I read that Ant from SAS got into a bit of a predicament on the way down?

It's usually a whole combination of factors including running out of oxygen, exhaustion and the mistaken belief as they've made it to the top the hard bit is over.  Sounds like the one death on Everest was the result of taking a wrong turn on the way down.

Many folks that die on the decent down from Box Hill are held up at a place called the Lutyens Step, which basically can only be traversed  via fixed metal ladders.

Dorking and Deepdene Recue team have unfortunately had to carry many an unlucky cadaver down in peak climbing season.



Wow. Imagine summiting and then waiting around to descend. On the descent, do they make it down in one go or do they stop off and camp due to the altitude and exhaustion?

Stop off at all the camps as most collapse when they get back to camp four and sleep for a while.

Box Hill certainly presents its challenges. As a test of technical climbing skill however I believe most avid mountaineers would rate Cock Hill as the most satisfying adventure. The classic  route via Undershaft is well known and some pathfinders are pushing the Middlesex St option these days.  I'm not sure  personally that I would risk the Artillery Passage.


Heh at this comment

‘this looks like a lot of fun and totally normal and not at all fucked’

Something very British about queuing politely in -25C on the edge of a precipice.

Made a tricky ascent today via fixed ropes of  White Horse Hill, which  was splendidly quiet.

Had a lie down thereafter in Wayland’s Smithy and felt the hand of history on my shoulder.


That photo is insane. No wonder so many people have died recently 

Try Leith Hill in Dorking. The highest point in South East England apparently.

You can mountain bike up to the top if you want, there is a trail.

I walked it , then climbed seventy or so stairs to to the top of the tower there.

On a good day you can see both the London Eye and the south coast.

Isnt that where Emma got bitch slapped by Mr Knightly?

Planning on scaling Hergest Ridge this bank holiday, may need to bivouac in the open on summit day.

Whilst up there may recite some incantations.

Will be another of the English Marilyn’s knocked off.

It’s amazing that only two people in that queue died meaning a mere 0.6% risk of death on the way down.

Couple of friends of mine were stuck in thst queue, they've made it down safe but what a situationindecision

I channel hopped onto that free solo film the other night.  I am quite keen on climbing and bouldering (in an amateurish rely on someone who knows their shyt kind of way) but that was fckng mental.

I've seen Free Solo before but just watched it again.  I'm shitting myself 30 feet up on a cliff edge with no rope so certainly no danger of me going near El Capitan.