Island Peak with Lobuche Climbing
July 5, 2012
As far as summitting went, no one attempted Lobuche – it was felt too difficult as we were quite tired at Gorak Shep, and we wanted to ensure we were not too exhausted to try Island Peak. That peak was also harder than I expected, but four of us were thrilled to make the summit, myself, Pete Adley, Forde Smith and Paul McCann got to the top. Tenzing is a great leader and is a patient, generous man, I felt very safe with him.
The only suggestion I have is that maybe a day of rest could be planned in the program. Some of the people in the group got quite tired after Dingboche and Lobuche, which is part of the reason we didn’t attempt Lobuche East. Maybe a day off, after the acclimatisation day at Dingboche would have helped. At the same time, maybe those people just weren’t prepared enough
I think that everything else went very smoothly for us, the tour in Kathmandu was very enjoyable, even for those that had done similar previously. Paul had been on a similar tour in India (I think) and he said he just got taken to a lot of shops, where he was expected to buy things. Your tour was nothing like that, and was interesting for the whole day.
The tea houses were well chosen, and the people were all friendly and happy to help us. The food was great, and Shanta brought fresh fruit along which was a great treat after dinners. The guides and porters were great people and very helpful, and the way they, and then yourself and Naba, dealt with Julie’s injury made me certain we chose the best company. She and John had only good things to say about how things went in the hospital and after, so thank you for that.
The way you helped with Last Resort was also more than I expected from you, you certainly went to great lengths to help make everything easy for us. This was the most satisfying thing you could do to impress clients i think.
I feel I have made a lot of new friends in your company, and i hope to stay in touch.
If I think of anything else I will let you know.
Have a great day, regards also to Naba, Shanta and the others, you are a great team.