HAVING reached Everest Base Camp, SCS Group MD Allan Meek is now putting in even more hard work and learning how to climb ice in the infamous Khumbu icefall.
Allan arrived at Base Camp on Thursday, April 20, and since then has had his work cut out with days of training in freezing, snowy conditions.
Following a Puja ceremony on Friday, where they asked for the Gods’ blessing to climb the mountain, Allan and his team had a rest day and managed to catch up on some sleep.
Ladders used to climb ice
This rest was much needed ahead of Sunday’s trip to the Khumbu icefall, where they climbed about halfway through it and tackled their first ladders – one horizontal and one vertical.
Allan said: “It was really hard work with a lot of steep climbing and a fair bit of traffic as well, mainly Sherpas coming down.
“It’s like a magic kingdom inside the icefall and really eerie. It was snowing all morning. When I got back to Base Camp I slept for most of the afternoon – interspersed by the sound of avalanches.”
On Monday they returned to the icefall for more climbing training and then on Tuesday they hiked up to Pumori high camp. It took them about three-and-a-half hours and it was quite a steep climb.
Allan said: “It gave great views of Everest which you can’t actually see from Base Camp.”
Out of touch
Allan and his team are expecting to start for the higher camps tomorrow, after which they are likely to be out of touch for around four or five days. They will then return to Base Camp.
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.