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Title: Peter Outtrim and Toby Marsh Island Peak Climbing

Peter Outtrim and Toby Marsh Island Peak Climbing

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19 April, Final Departure  

It is 19 April, Toby and Peter were ready to departure. Toby and Peter arrived Kathmandu on 15 April from Lukla. They spent some days in Kathmandu and had shopping.

At 11:00 am Toby and Peter were ready at hotel for departure. was there to say good bye to them.

Peter will spend one night in Bangkok and Toby is planning to spend more than two weeks in Bangkok.

08-14 April 2006, Island Peak Climbing and Photo Gallery

Toby and Peter with Ngima successfully climbed Island Peak. Here we have their summery and photo gallery of their trips
 

Toby
The climb to the summit of Island Peak was a fitting end to a memorable trip. The feeling of the summit of summiting a 6000m. Mountain and the awesome Panorama of the Himalayan landscapes lard out before us is something I will never forget. The climbing was challenging, but Ngima was superb in navigating our way through crevasses and up the head wall. We walked out of the valley back to Lukla with a sense of having experienced some thing a lot of people will never lucky enough to get a chance to .

Peter

What a great trip! Climbing to the summit was great even with the cold weather. Over the past 2 weeks we have seen all of the valleys and view points around the Everest region. Our Sherpa guide was fantastic. He did everything in his power to keep us motivated and happy.

07 April 2006, Dingboche

Peter

Set off from BC to trek to Dingboche, it took about 6 hrs. Dingboche feel like a sea level after a week above 5000m. approx. I am really looking forward to Island Peak. We got our first views from Dingboche

Toby

Great Day! Trekked from base camp to Dingboche, losing altitude the whole which was incredible considering how tired I was the first time I hit 4400m. Got to see Island Peak for the first time and very excited

06 April 2006, Everest Base Camp

Toby

The walk into base camp was fantastic as we followed the glacier up towards the Khumbu Icefall. The small cityof tents perched below the icefall looked quite insignificant compared to the scale of the mountains surrounding it . So i was surprised at the extent of it when we got there. Spending a night at the medical centre was a treat and a real highlight of the trip so far.

Peter

Walking into BC involoved a lot of little ups and downs. The glacier is huge with lots of ice pinnacle and boulders balanced on ice blocks. We spent a very cold night in our tent at the medical centre. The doctors were very friendly and were waiting for the real climbing to start. In the morning we watched Sherpas setting the route through the ice fall; they looked no bigger than the ants!!! The scale in the Himalaya is always awesome

05 April 2006, Hiking Kalapathar

Toby

Our last acclimatization has been accomplished. Climbed Kala Pathar early this afternoon and a pretty good view of the Khumbu Icefall, Southcol etc. was still fighting for breath at the top but feeling a lot stronger at altitude. Am amazed people can climb 8000 + mountains. I think I will be happier if I get up Island Peak. Off to BC tomorrow to tease Everest mountaineers with our plans for Island Peak. Hope we survive.

Peter

We walked from Lobuche to Gorakshep this morning which was an easy walk. This afternoon we ascended Kalapathar. I was interested to see larger group of trekkers slowly make their way to the top. For some of them it is the pinnacle of their trek and obviously means a lot to achieve that goal. For Toby and I it is the last ascend well above 5000m. before attempting Island Peak in a few days.

04 April 2006, Passing Cholatse

Peter

After a cold night listening to a group of Russian we got to sleep in until 7:30 am. MAGIC. The lodges at Dzongla are basic but food and rest was good. A 3 hrs trek back onto the main Everest trail was a culture shock after the quiet and beauty of the Gokyo Valley. The highlight of the walk was passing very close to Cholatse and appreciating the size of the mountain. The lodge we are at has a desert menu.... Hooray

Toby

We're back on the main Everest highway now and the number of pal is staggering. There are many more trekkers but also a number of expedition parties headed towards Everest which has packed the lodges in Lobuje. The number of yaks on the trail lane is the impression of a western highway. But on lighter not I am fully acclimatized, have my appetite back and desert is back on the menu.

03 April 2006, Chola

Peter

Set of for Chola (5400 mtrs) at 600 am. We were feeling the cold. After 3-4 hrs up, we reached the last steep few hundred meters. This proved to be very hard work but the views from the top of the pass were absolutely awesome, Ngima provided chapattis and boiled eggs at the top to give us energy for the big descent to Dzongla. I was very tired after such a big day.

Toby

Big day today!!!! Crossed the Pass which completed high altitude with a very ling hike ( 6 hrs) The views at the top of the la were amazing and the hike down introduced some new aspects to the trek such as crevasse fields and ice falls. The walk down was pretty easy, but we were relatively tired by the way got to the lodge and spent the rest of the day in the sleeping bag... which was just as well as it was freezing.

02 April 2006, Taknak

Peter

We started to leave the Gokyo Valley today. The lodge owner gave us packets of biscuits to help with tomorrow crossing of Chola Pass. She has been wonderful to everyone who stay with her (Gokyo View Lodge) A few hours trek crossing the huge Ngozumba glacier and we were at Tagnak for the night. Weather has been stable, great views in morning followed by snow in the eveening.

Toby

Trekked from Gokyo to Taknak today. The walk was fairly uneventful with rhe exception of the glacier crossing which was quite interesting. Enjoyed a relaxing afternoon reading in the lodge as the snow fell outside.

01 April 2006, Gokyo Peak

Peter

Another early start for the 600 mtr climb to Gokyo Ri. We made it in around 2 hrs. Views of Everest, Makalu, Lhotse were fantastic. At the top I felt the altitude and after 30 or 40 mins, I knew I should start down. But the time we reache the bottom I was feeling bad, so spent the rest of the day in my sleeping bag. Nima has been doing a great joins of looking after us.

Toby

Hard climb up Gokyo Ri. But the views were worth it. Really felt the lack of Oxygen on the way up. Had to have a breath at every step. Relaxed for the rest of the day. Reading, washing and even had a hot shower started snowing. Hopefully it doesn’t keep up as it will make a crossing Chola Pass difficult.

31 March 2006, Gokyo Valley.

Peter

An early start today for the walk up the Gokyo Valley to the 5th lake which is about 5000mts. Lots of snow on the way up so it was hard work. After about 3 1/2 hrs we were there. This is my 3rd trip to Nepal and I have not seen anything more awesome. I felt like I could touch Cho Oyu. We could see Everest almost all of it... The walk back was very tiring but I felt inspired by the mountain and glaciers

Toby

It's been a mixed day today. Started off with a bit of gear failure- gaiters, gloves (not nearly warm enough) but we headed off up Gokyo Valley regardless. The view from above 5th lake was unbelievable. There was a panorama of Cho Oyu, Ngozumba glaciers and Everest which was mind blowing. The walk down was very hard. By the time I got back to Gokyo, I was feeling very ill. I went ot bed for the afternoon, and was still feeling pretty rough by bedtime. Managed to eat some food then back to bed.

29/30 March 2006, Machhermo.

Toby

In the last couple of days, we have travelled from Dole to Gokyo ascending around 700 m. The affect of altitude were starting to become more noticeable. A slight headache and felt almost drunk coming into Gokyo. My head was very light and balance was affected.

On the flipside the environment is spectacular. Machermo was fairly bleak but Gokyo is superb. Set on the shores of the 3rd Gokyo Lake in the foothills of massive mountain it is really an amazing place to stay. Once I acclimatize to the altitude (4750m) I will endeavor to have a look around.

Peter

The walking from Dole to Gokyo has been getting progressively hard. Today we saw the Chola which we will cross in few days. I have a headache here at Gokyo. As we came up the valley Cho Oyu came into view, it is off to the 5th lake far close up views of ChoOyu.

 

28 March 2006, Dole.

Toby

We gained some good altitude today cracking 4000m for the first time. I am feeling ok but there may be a hint a headache looking around. It was a long day around6-7 hours. The amount of snow and ice is increasing and the temp is starting to fall. This is starting to really feel like the Himalayas I was expecting.

Peter

The highlight of today’s walk was seeing a frozen waterfall in a rhododendron forests. We turned off the main Everest trail and started up the main Gokyo valley. This is very pretty. Low clouds after lunch stopped our mountain views and the temp dropped. Tonight we will stay Dole (4047m) and we are still feeling good.

27 March 2006, Namche acclimatization.

Toby

We started our rest day with a brief walk up to visit a hospital and a monastry containing what we were assured was the skull cap of a yeti.

As one of my aims for this trip was to see a yeti, I guess I can tick this now! We ascended another 400m into the hills behind Namche to 3800m, and were rewarded with spectacular views of Ama Dablam and Kumbila.

A must for any visit to Namche is a visit to a bakery here. The apple strudel was fantastic!

Peter

I woke up this morning with the first signs of altitude, consisting of a slight headache and general tiredness. After plenty of fluids and breakfast, I felt great.

We set of for our acclimatization walk to Kunde and Khumjung. The walk to the top of Namche had me breathing reasonably hard but on reaching the top the views were well worth it. A panorama of mountains spread out before us.

The two villages are picture postcard perfect with many stone walls built by the hardworking Sherpa people. We visited the monastery to see the yeti skull!

I also had my first chance to throw snow balls at Toby and Nima (more of that to come). A wonderful relaxed day.

 

26 March 2006, Namche

Peter

Today the real trekking started. GREAT!! The valley system and river were spectacular. I got very excited when Mt Everest came into view. I took many photos. The trekking was good and it was nice to start going up. Nima has been looking after us great. I will sleep very well tonight.

Toby

Today's trek was awesome! We started off following the river up from Phadking through some beautiful villages and rhoddedendron forests. We ended up crossing the river 7 times via suspension bridges, and all I can say is that I'm glad I don't suffer from vertigo - especially on the last one!

After some more dahl bat in Monjo, Nima announced we were starting to go up. The next hour or so were pretty steep, but afforded some amazing views of the mountains (they just keep getting bigger and bigger!). We got our first glimpse of Everest and Lhotse, and even from so far away you can get a pretty good idea of their magnitude.

We have a rest day tomorrow, but will be going on a small hike around Namche. See you then.