HERBIE! Journeys on our narrowboat and the trials and tribulations of maintaining her.
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Summit bid briefing
OK chaps, gather round. Here's the plan for the tomorrow's assault on the summit of Everest the Birmingham and Fazeley canal
State of play: we're safely through the icefall Curdworth locks, and resting at camp three on the Lhotse face near the White Horse.
In the Icefall
Rick has recovered from his bout of acute mountain sickness and been brought up from Khatmandu Long Buckby to join us by Sherpa Marilyn. Good to have you with us Rick. The wind is pretty damn ferocious out there as we found on our short trek today, and the forecast for tomorrow is not good so we'll need to rope up tightly.
Early start tomorrow. We need to reach the south col Aston locks by early afternoon or we're doomed. Take care not to miss the path at the Geneva Spur Spaghetti Junction or you'll end up on the Nuptse ridge in Perry Barr. Remember to watch out for signs of altitude sickness and keep up the fluid intake. We'll have to push forward to make our summit bid up the Hilary Step Farmers Bridge flight before dark. There'll be no time to make a descent, so we'll have to bivvy on the summit. Dangerous but we have no option.
This time tomorrow lads we'll be on top of the world outside the National Indoor Arena. Then a day's rest and we'll make our descent down the SouthWest Face Stratford canal.