"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.

Monday, 30 August 2010

Sweaty Islamabad

A very hot and humid morning here in Islamabad.
We've spent a few days in the capital tying up loose ends. We've had a fair amount of admin to do such as paying our agent, collecting our helicopter rescue deposit and changing our plane tickets. On Sunday Luke and Hamish went climbing at a local crag with John Arran and we all spent a lovely evening out with Nazir Sabir. Monday involved another 3 hours arguing at the PIA offices to get the 240GBP of flight change charges waived. We went from manager to manager and eventually got the district manager to waive the charges- the branch manager was furious!

We're flying out of Islamabad in 4 hours and will be back in the UK this evening.

Watch this space for photos!

by Hamish

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Chicken Tonight......

Hey everyone just got this text message off the team:

"Left base camp this morning.

Fresh Chicken on the Menu tonight!

All attempts on the mountain thwarted by bad weather.

Looking forward to getting back to civilisation.

Love the team x"

Unfortunately the weather that has been causing the floods in Pakistan has also prevented the boys from climbing Tahu Ratum which is a real shame.

I can't wait to see them all, and wish them a safe journey home.


Wednesday, 11 August 2010


Whooaaa you guys are being spoiled now...another text from the team.....

"Sun came out briefly this pm, so we used the petrol stove to heat rocks and put a tarp over the top to make a sauna! Love the team x"

I feel the deepest pity for Holly for having to put up with the guy's pasty bodies.....

Hopefully next time I post something they will have acclimatised, and be ready for an attempt, or at least done some bouldering!!


Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Patience is a virtue.....

Just got this off the team......

"It has been raining for 5 days solid.

Out of honey and have played every card game we know.

Please send us suggestions for anything to stave off boredom to our sat-phone.

Hamish, Holly, Luke and Tom."

So you heard the boss.....send suggestions to: +8821651075983.

Lets hope the weather clears up!


Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Arrived at Base Camp

Just got a text update from the team:

"Arrived at base camp today after 6 day trek.

We had to play hardball with the porters and won after they tried to raise the price yet again.

Tahu Ratum looks stunning and the home-brew beer is brewing."

Nice looks like the floods havent hindered them and they have their priorities sorted!

Will let you know anymore as soon as I know.