|Oh what a beautiful morning!|
The snow is clearing, and things are getting much better in the Khumbu.
|The more it snows!|
The more it snows, tiddley pom, the more it goes, tiddley pom, the more it goes, tiddley pom, on snowing!
|Taking the piss!|
I seem to spend most of every day talking about urine!
|Trek A9 are well on the way|
Trek A9 have arrived in Namche after trekking from Lukla, and seem in good spirits
Off again to Nepal today with trek group A!
Caudwell Xtreme Everest wish to congratulate Mike and Denny Grocott on the birth of their first child - Scott Dylan.
Friends of Caudwell Xtreme Everest may feel that the lack of changes on this website means that not much is happening. Happily that is not the case.
We have had some great news this week. Mac Mackenney, our Expedition Manager, and his partner, Lisa, have had a new addition to the family.
|Royal Geographical Lecture|
I have been spending the last couple of weeks finalising preparations for the Caudwell Xtreme Everest lecture at the Royal Geographical Society. The lecture, in conjunction with Linde Gas Therapeutics and BOC Medical, took place last week.
I am in Belfast, staying with Nigel Hart and his lovely family, and I have just undergone my first Blog examination!
|Belated congratulations to Mick and Roisin|
I must have some residual brain damage from being at Everest Base Camp for so long.
It has been a bit of a bizarre two weeks. A number of members of the core team went to Aviemore in Scotland last week to the World Wilderness Medicine conference.
|BBC Pasang and Karma|
We have received news from two of the Sherpas, who worked with us in Nepal earlier this year.
It has been a weekend of celebration in the Caudwell Xtreme Everest diary.
This week saw Dan, Paula and myself at a Faithless concert in Brixton. We were dancing like lunatics to the track Insomnia.
|The clock is ticking!|
The clock is ticking in more ways than one.
I have been working on the first Caudwell Xtreme Everest reunion this week, and it has inspired me to reread a lot of the messages that people sent whilst we were out in Nepal.
|Footnote to Nostalgia blog|
Radio 4 will feature a segment from this week's documentary about Caudwell Xtreme Everest in its Sunday evening programme "Pick of the Week" - 18.15 to 19.00, 5th August.
It is 18.45 and I am still in the office in Archway. This is not because I am working overtime again, but because I have been using the scanner to help with my MSc.
I am back in the office, and trying to get used to living in London again. Having spent so much time looking forward to coming back to the UK, I am now missing Nepal, and all the people we spent time with out there. There is no pleasing some people!
I lied in my last blog. I have managed to get online in Doha airport, whilst waiting for our connecting flight to London.
Mac has returned with the last of our Sherpa team from Lukla. All the equipment is finally off the mountain, and we can get sorted for leaving for the UK.
Mac is still in Lukla. Yet again the Caudwell Xtreme Everest logisitics team are being delayed by circumstances beyond their control.
Today is Monday, and I believe that a large number of our team went back to their jobs in the UK today.
I am back in the Summit Hotel in Kathmandu, and revelling in the ability to feel clean every single day!
The team are spread out over the Khumbu valley. Many are in Lukla hoping to fly to Kathmandu tomorrow. I am still in Namche with approximately 15 others, and Mac is in Pheriche.
|Potential for Skipping!|
Things appear to be going well with the packing, and Mike Grocott announced tonight at dinner that if they continue to go well, we might be able to leave on Monday!
|Losing track of time|
Today is Friday, I think. Since the trekkers have stopped visiting base camp I have completely lost track of time.
|Testing Trek M|
This is the last day of testing of trek teams for our Everest Base Camp staff. Trek M are working very hard on our behalf, in beautiful sunshine, which it makes it very warm in the laboratory tent.
|Trek L arrive at Everest Base Camp|
Trek L walked into Everest Base Camp yesterday, looking fit and well, and very pleased to have reached their goal.
The Caudwell Xtreme Everest Base Camp Lab staff have been constantly amazed at the hard work of our cook team.
|Trek J arrived in Base camp yesterday in high spirits|
Trek J arrived in Base camp yesterday in high spirits. They have not lost any trekkers along the way due to illness, and are very keen to complete all their testing.
|Apologies to Trek H|
Liz Bradbury has kindly pointed out that there is no picture of Trek H at EBC.
|Cravings, Trek F and Trek G!|
Trek F have reached Everest Base Camp (see John Caudwell?s blog), and left.
Trek E are continuing to test well. It has been sunnier this morning, which has been a relief to them.
|Trek E arrive at Base Camp|
It is Saturday, and the lab staff are busy testing Trek E, who arrived at Everest Base Camp yesterday lunchtime.
|Thank Crunchie it is Friday|
Today is Friday. Trek D arrived safe and sound, except for Geoff Hall, who is safe further down the trail. They completed their testing, and left very early this morning for Kala Patar and then Dingboche.
|The Sherpas on Everest|
Avalanches kill more Himalayan climbers than any other hazard. The places where avalanches have been are sometimes marked by huge ice boulders making the debris flow.
It is Monday, and each Monday is partly a day off for us, so I have done some washing and had a shower! Hurrah! Trek C left this morning for Dingboche, and we expect Trek D tomorrow.
|Chilling on a Sunday Morning!|
It is Sunday morning, at 9am and the sun is shining. It is a beautiful day. I have some tunes going on my Nano, and things appear very chilled.
|BBC News reports|
Friday is going to be busy day for Mike Grocott, our expedition leader. Radio Five Live and Breakfast TV news want live interviews, and then he may be appearing live on BBC News 24 and BBC radio as well.
|Trek B arrive at Everest Base Camp|
Trek B arrived at Everest Base Camp yesterday, with a special banner. They were in good spirits, and have been in the lab today, being tested by our enthusiastic lab staff.
It is Monday, April 16th, and Trek A has left Everest Base Camp fro Dingboche, having completed almost all of their testing.
|Triumphant Trek A|
Trek A arrived at Everest Base Camp at about midday yesterday, and they were amazing.
Well, it is Thursday, and it has been very busy since I last Blogged. On Monday we had a Puja ceremony. Everyone in the group who had attended a Puja before said that they had never attended a Puja like it.
|Thank goodness for logistics|
I am sitting in my office, listening to Miles Davies. You may think that I have miraculously transferred back to Archway, but in fact this is courtesy of the fantastic Logistics team that we have here.
Today was divine. The weather was perfect, and Chris Imray and I ambled up from Pheriche to Lobuje. At one point along the route, we reached an elevation of 4425m, exactly half the height of Everest.
|Kay?s Blog ? 1st April 2007|
We are so lucky. We are staying in a beautiful lodge in Pheriche called the White Yak.
|On the trail again|
It is Saturday 31st March, and the core team have reached the White Yak in Pheriche. The trek from Deboche was quite sedate, and there was lots of opportunity to stop at tea houses along the way, and drink lemon tea.
|Starting out on the trail|
It is a week since we arrived in Nepal, and this is the first moment I have had to write a blog. I am sitting in the Sherwi Khangba Lodge in Namche Bazaar. where we will be starting testing the Xtreme Team tomorrow.
|Leaving the country!|
It is Friday, March 16th, and the core team are heading out for Kathmandu tomorrow!
Seven days to go and I am feeling in the need of doing something girly before three and a half months of fleeces and thermals.
Thanks to Maria's son for his questions about the Sherpas.
|Sausage and Bean Casserole|
I have just cooked tea for my flatmate. It is so nice to have time to go to the shops and buy food to cook tea.
|The Irish Population increases as well!|
The Irish population has also increased thanks to one of our climbers, Roger, and his wife Sara. Isolde Moira Catherine was born on 22nd February at 18.30 hours.
|The UK population increases!|
The UK population increases thanks in part to one of our trekkers, Graham Farquhar. Imogene was born on 16th February weighing 5lbs, 15oz.
|Fish and chip supper!|
The Archway take-aways are doing well out of the Caudwell Xtreme Everest team.
|Light at the end of the tunnel?|
There is light at the end of the tunnel and it is not the light of an oncoming train!
|A Barrel of Laughs!|
Mac Mackenney, our Expedition Manager, has sent round a stern email!
What a week it has been, and yet there is more to come!
|Thank goodness it's Friday!|
I cannot believe that we have finally got there! Mike, Denny, Dan and I have not had a day off since January 1st.
|Sea Level Testing|
We have started testing our Caudwell Xtreme Everest trekkers at the Laboratory in Archway, London.
|Happy New Year|
I cannot believe it is 2007. When I first got involved in this project at the beginning of 2004, 2007 seemed such a long way away!
This last week has been a bit hectic. Christmas is fast approaching and there are a lot of deadlines looming!
|A gentle nudge?|
And I thought it was only my sister that read the blog! Now I have had a gentle nudge from another trekker reminding me that I have not contributed to the blog for a while.
I have been suffering from writer's block. I gather from the web that this is a common phenomenon with people who write blogs.
I always quite liked maths at school. There was a 'right answer'. Trigonometry was good, simultaneous equations did not phase me, and those things in brackets that I cannot remember the name of.