SCS Group’s Managing Director Allan Meek has reached Everest Base Camp.
Allan was pleased to arrive at the site with his fellow climbers and Sherpas on Thursday, April 20, and described it as being a bit like Glastonbury, due to its enormous size.
He said: “It took us about 40 minutes to get to our bit from the entrance. We are right next to the Khumbu icefall and it’s frankly terrifying!”
Allan arrived at Everest Base Camp having summited Island Peak early last week. After leaving Island Peak he trekked to Lobuche after which he passed a number of memorials to brave mountaineers, including that of the famous American mountaineer, Scott Fischer, who died in 1996 on Everest.
On Friday, April 21, the team carried out their Puja ceremony, which is a ceremony officiated by a Lama and two or more monks in front of an altar built of stone (description: http://www.learnnc.org/lp/editions/mount-everest/5259).
During the ceremony the team asked for the Gods’ blessing to climb the mountain and they put their climbing equipment in front of the altar to be blessed. They also drank Chang, whisky and beer during the event.
Allan’s team is due to start its rotation up the mountain this week with the schedule including climbs up and down to Camp 1, Camp 2, Lhotse face, Camp 3 and Base Camp, helping them to acclimatise further and carry out training exercises. Also included are planned rest days.
Everest summit push
Between May 6 and May 26, the team are scheduled to be preparing for their Everest summit push. The exact date of this will depend completely on weather conditions at the mountain.
Allan is part of an expedition organised by a Nepalese company called Ascent Himalayas. He has been sponsored in his quest by SCS Group and if he’s successful, he will be out flying the company flag when he returns.