Dear people … Brad Horn here from Epic Private Journeys.
In May of this year, along with my good mates Kevin Jackson (Epic USA) and Ake Lindstrom (Summits Africa), we will be attempting to summit Mt Everest. This is being undertaken for charity. Please see below for further details. Needless to say if you can assist by way of a donation it would be greatly appreciated.
We will be maintaining a blog so you can track our progress.
15 April 2014: Arrive Kathmandu airport via versa- transfer to hotel
16 April 2014: Sightseeing tour with guide, gear check and welcome dinner.
17 April 2014: Kathmandu- last minutes shopping for trek
18 April 2014: Morning flight to Lukla 2800m. 35minutes flight start trek to Phakding
19 April 2014: Phakding -Namchebazar 3500m.
20 April 2014: Hiking to Kunde, Khumjung and Everest view hotel- Back to Namche
21 April 2014: Trek to Dingboche via Tangboche 3867m visit monastries
22 April 2014: Debuche - Dingboche (4350m.)
24 April 2014: Dingboche - Lobuche (4930m)
25 April 2014: Lobuche - Kalapather (5545m) - Ghorekshep.
26 April 2014: Ghorekshep- Everest BASE CAMP
27 April 2014 through until Day 47 – 30 May 2014
These days will be spent acclimatiising, climbing high daily. This period will be quite fluid and what we do will be largely dictated by how we are acclimatizing and the weather.
It is anticipated that we will sleep at each of the high camps on the route to the summit before our summit attempt. This is largely weather dependent but hopefuly will be sometime in the second half of May
At 8,848 metres, Mt Everest is the 'Elvis' of all mountains. It’s big and needs little introduction! It’s one of the first facts we remember from primary school, the world’s tallest mountain. Although many have made the summit since Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay first achieved the feat – it still provides climbers with the ultimate challenge and we are acutely aware it will be no easy undertaking. Preparations are thorough and well advanced for the big expedition. We embark for Nepal in mid April with a view to position ourselves for a summit attempt in the "climbing season" of May.
It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
By design and desire, a professional adventurer, Brad’s passion is wild and natural places. This passion was nurtured growing up on a cattle station in Western Queensland and as an Australian Army Officer. Brad then spent six wonderful years living in the African bush operating safaris. Brad has developed enduring relationships with the best tour and resort operators around the world. This network of contacts, combined with his extensive hands-on experience, ensures Epic Private Journeys delivers on an unrivalled experience.
Brad continues to guide select private groups to Africa throughout the year.
Kevin Jackson is responsible for the logistics and operations of all North and South American programmes. He has led many worldwide expeditions, including multiple ascents of Aconcagua in Argentina (the highest peak in the Americas), and Mt Whitney (the highest mountain in the continental United States).
Kevin is an expert on Patagonia, Chile; Aspen, Colorado; Anchorage, Alaska; the canyons of Arizona, and Vancouver Island, British Colombia. Kevin is a NOLS certified Wilderness First Responder and is ACE Certified in First Aid and CPR. He also holds a Wilderness Health and First Aid Certification from the Red Cross and an MBA in Operations Management.
Mountains are not fair or unfair,
they are just dangerous.
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Everest has always been a magnet for kooks, publicity seekers, hopeless romantics and others with a shaky hold on reality.