"An alpine style ascent of Tahu Ratum (6651m) is a particularly noteworthy and challenging objective, which will help raise the profile of British mountaineering." - Sir Chris Bonington - Expedition Patron.

Saturday, 26 June 2010

One month to go...

In less than a months time Holly, Hamish, Luke and I will be in Pakistan, but our list of jobs to do and problems to solve appears to be never ending and ever growing. I’ve spent today on the train to Manchester airport, after discovering last week, whilst filling out visa application forms that our flights had somehow been booked on the wrong date. Not just a day out, but nearly three weeks later then we’d panned. A million phone calls, from both Hamish and myself, to PIA’s infuriating helpdesk, later and we concluded that the only way to change our booking was to go to the airport in person, complete with all four passports and the credit card that the tickets had been bought on - which was unfortunately mine. Hopefully nothing else untoward will happen between now and the 22nd, but I bet it will!

Luke Hunt leadibng the top pitch of Scavenger on the Main Cliff, Gogarth - why he is wearing sandals and carrying a rucksack I'm not quite sure. Photo: Tom Ripley.

Tom Ripley

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