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David Bradley
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Well here we are again !

In 3 months' time I go to Nepal for my second attempt to climb Mount Everest. You will recall that my first attempt was aborted following an avalanche which killed 16 Sherpas including one of our own team. The first few weeks at base camp are used for acclimatisation treks to around 20,000 feet in preparation for the move up to camp 1 above the icefall. I was aware that I was struggling on these treks but had no explanation other than possible dehydration. I returned home and resumed training but it wasn't too long before I had the answer to my concerns. It turned out that I had an 80% blockage to the coronary artery which supplies 50% of the blood to my heart muscle. As you can imagine this was quite a shock. My life was truly hanging by a thread. After a relatively simple procedure to insert a stent in the artery, my fitness was transformed. With the full blessing of my cardiologist I am now signed up for a second attempt on Mount Everest with a guide called Tim Mosedale. He has been to the top several times and I have confidence in him. This time I am thinking about raising money for the British Heart Foundation (no surprise there). For the time being its all about training harder and harder. Will keep this blog updated with my progress.
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Last Blog from Everest. Today appears to be the day when even the most optimistic expeditions gave up hope. Why has this come about? Obviously we have had a tragic accident with 16 deaths and multiple injuries. Some Sherpas no doubt feel that the mountain s...
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Helicopters buzzing around with unusual colours. Could be the men from the ministry or perhaps rich Americans bailing out the fast way. The best source of information is the blog maintained by Alan Arnette and it would appear that a critical mass has been r...
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Well at last the news we have been half expecting. David Hamilton (our leader) is prepared to hold out until all hope is exhausted but has informed us that realistically the Everest climbing season is over. Too many of the Sherpas are simply unwilling to cl...
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A big meeting of everyone at base camp this morning (after a memorial service for the dead Sherpas). Representatives of the Sherpa community and the western climbing companies spoke. The missing party was the government (understandable as no-one can come st...
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Groundhog day again. The sherpas appear to be on some sort of strike without any leadership. They are putting a list of 13 demands to the government today - most of which are reasonable but unlikely to make any difference. They are cutting off their nose to...
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The icefall has been closed for 4 days by agreement between the teams. The shortest route is the most dangerous. A longer route away from the avalanche danger may have to be created. The extra days in base camp might give my sore throat chance to heal. Ever...
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Well todays plans were cancelled as news came through of a major avalanche in the Icefall which caused multiple injuries and fatalities. I believe our own Sherpa team has been affected although I wouldn't like to offer any detail as there is so much misinfo...
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Hiked up to Pumori advance base camp today (5,700 metres). I am definitely in better shape for eating well but still at the back of the group. This might not be too important in practice but psychologically it puts pressure on me. I visited the doctor regar...
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Watched Goodfellas last night after dinner. Today we put on crampons and helmets and ventured out onto the lower Icefall. The shock is how hard the ice is. It is bullet hard and you really have to be very positive with your crampons. Hopefully when we go th...
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