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Preparing for Scottish Winter 7th Dec 2013
UCLAN Students having a wet day 5th Dec
Last week Adele was working on the UCLAN Outdoor Leadership Mountaineering course at Tyn Dwr Llangollen. The students excelled themselves and weathered Thursday's storm in the gorge. With an ascent of the East ridge of Moel Siabod, the Gribin ridge and two days navigating the students were prepared to tackle their own quality Mountain Days. Adele also managed to sneak in an evening underground exploring Hendre mine with a couple of caving mad friends.
Following her week Adele made her way to the Beacon Climbing Wall on Friday evening not to climb on plastic but to give a talk to raise funds for the LLanberis Mountain Rescue Team.
After a weekend of admin Adele will be back at Tyn Dwr working with the second year students before attending and answering some questions at Alan Hinkes talk http://www.ksmrt.org.uk/Events/Alan-Hinkes.aspx which is fund raising event for Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team .
UCLAN First years enjoying the Gribin Ridge
Posted on 08 Dec 2013 by adele
Early Winter Outing 22nd Nov
Buchaille Etive Beag 22nd Nov 2013
With only a few hours to spare in between house hunting Adele and her old mate Dave Hanna took the opportunity to have a quick trip up the "Wee" Buchaille. Despite having made at least 75 ascents of this hill between them Adele and Dave were amazed at what the day had to offer... Stunning views; amazing light, firm snow and continual chatter.
Dave Hanna looking smart.
Tomorrow Adele and Dave will be heading for Ben Nevis..... not sure of the plan but it will be another sociable day of winter mountaineering.
Yes the rumors are true Adele Pennington Mountaineering is relocating to the Highlands as of the 16th December. Now on the spot Adele is available for early season Winter Mountaineering or Climbing if conditions permit. Please do not hesitate to contact her on 07968983146 or e mail email@example.com if you want an update on the conditions or fancy a day or more climbing, mountaineering, refreshing skills or just generally enjoying the hills.
Posted on 23 Nov 2013 by adele
Return From Mera Peak
Porters walking up towards the Zatrwa La
Mera Peak was a true adventure and the unusual snow fall just increased the beauty of the trek in. High winds on the Mountain made progress from base camp difficult but the team never lost spirit .
A windy Mera Peak.
Below is a full report written by the team on their arrival back to Lukla. Well done everyone and thank you for a great trip.
Team on Khare Teng (5150m)
Since Mera Adele has travelled to Kendal to the Jagged Globe Leader's forum and is currently in Llangollen giving a lecture and working on scrambling workshop for Tyn Dwr at the Festival LLangollen
Scrambling around Llangollen
Next week Adele will be going up to Scotland to scout out some new venues for this coming Scottish Winter Season and look at properties for her next move!
Mera Peak (6,461m) is a high remote 'Trekking Peak', which was certainly not a walk in the park for the Jagged Globe 18 October team. The twelve team members set out clean and naive about their future few weeks on this adventurous journey. It was soon apparent that the Nepalese flat was quite untrue and our Sirdar Dawa was never wrong with how many hours each stage would take; named as the Dawa hour, the team trekked and enjoyed the beautiful scenery as they walked towards the Hinku Valley.
The regimental diet of spam, omelette and porridge was soon the focus of the day, as was Danbi our kitchen boy's cheerful chants of bed tea, soupie, soupie and juicy juicy. We were not disappointed by the food we ate like kings to fuel our bodies for the rigors of each day. Unfortunately after eight days of trekking two members of the team were not so well and were evacuated by helicopter. This emotional 48 hours bonded the group further as we trekked up to the supposedly grassy pastures of Dig Kharka, which was in fact buried under several feet of snow. Not deterred the whole team set about making an idyllic campsite and learnt the delights of camping on snow. With camp erected by early afternoon it was time to take an afternoon nap in the sun before unleashing our ice axes for a pre-dinner walk to the porter boulder. Guarding our camp, no other teams dare cross the stream and team spirits soared as darkness fell and the amphitheatre of the surrounding mountains was illuminated by the stars. From our isolated camp we made the push up to Khare where the Tea houses were partially buried by the unseasonal snow. With plenty of time in the itinerary it was decided to spend an extra night in the village and ascend Khare Teng (5,150m).
This top gave stunning views over the Mera La and our objective. This little summit was an altitude record for many of the team. The following day the Lake Louise Scores on the doors were down to zero and the team were ready for their summit push. Packing only the essential kit required for the next few days; boots and crampons were put on straight away as the ascent out of Khare was on steep frozen snow compacted by other teams and porters on their way to base camp. The welcome sight of base camp and Danbi with hot juice was a delight as we snuggled into our tents to rest. The winds hammered our tents all night but the morning sunrise warmed us through before our departure to high camp. Roped up in three teams we ascended to high camp at 5,800m. The views of Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Makalu inspired us as we made progress on our challenging journey. A brief encounter with the Jagged Globe Mera and Island Peak group and their report of summit success encouraged us as we dropped down to the tethered tents at high camp.
Too windy to stay outside, the team members received their meals through small openings in their tent doors the Sherpas and cook team made a tremendous effort to look after everyone in what can only be described as less than a hospitable camp. With our summit time departure set we tried to rest. The gusting winds pushed and sucked the tents in and out and never really gave any respite. Apprehensive, the team waited for their call. At 1am Adele and Dawa assessed the conditions and decided to delay porridge for another hour or so. Although very windy the temperature was such that it would be possible to make a summit attempt. At 3am the first roped team left, Geddes, Scott, Alistair, Simon and Sherpa’s Dawa, Gyan and Jangbu departed camp followed by the second team Darinji, Stephanie, Dawn, Paula and Adele.
The winds did not abate and made progress slow. Cold and beaten and cautious to avoid cold injuries the second team turned around at 6,150m. Despite the conditions we were mesmerised by the breathtaking vista of mountains that appeared as the sun rose. Hoping our other team were strong enough to battle through, we returned to high camp. In less than half an hour our first team returned triumphant but exhausted from their ascent of Mera Peak. Following soup and juice we all escaped from camp back to Khare. Delighted that the stronger experienced members had reached the summit and chuffed that every member had given their best, we took refuge in the Tea house and lodge rooms. Trekking back was just as hard work and the Zatrwa La proved to be a summit day in itself. The relief of returning to our starting point was felt by all as the first ring pull of Everest beer was pulled and this report was compiled by the team. The group camaraderie and banter continued and being reunited with one of our fellow members that had been evacuated early on was exciting as we told our tales of Mera Peak. To end: Birthday Cake, Shopping and relaxation at the beautiful Summit Hotel brought our trip to a close. A massive well done to everyone who made this expedition a life-time experience! Summit success is one thing, but true adventures and friendships consolidated in the mountains are memories that last forever.
Posted on 17 Nov 2013 by adele
From Skye to Nepal via Hawkshead 18th Oct
Eric and Michael on Sgurr Mchonnich Isle of Skye
With perfect conditions on Skye Eric and Michael got a last minute guide through http://www.skyeadventure.co.uk to do the Innaccessible Pinnacle and Sgurr Mchonnich. I was the lucky guide who got the job of accompanying these two gentlemen and having a superb day at work. This was followed by yet another blue sky day with Ashleigh and Spike on Sunday.
Leaving Scotland on Monday was difficult but a day filming with Simon Gee http://www.reeltimeadventure.com and Alan Hinkes made for a special day as we talked about the 8000m peaks and off course bought one of Alan's books 8000M. A fantastic book with lots of stories and information. Adele got the low down on Dhaulagiri for next Spring and the the soon to be launched Kanchenjunga expedition in 2015 was discussed at length. From Hawkshead it was a quick visit to the Jagged Globe Office for a leader briefing and then a trip to Royal Grammar School Worcester to speak to the parents of the students from our Peru expedition in the summer. Now at Heathrow Adele is heading to Nepal with the Jagged Globe Mera Peak team.
Posted on 18 Oct 2013 by adele
Exciting Plans for 2014 ( Oct 10th)
Ben Nevis woke up this morning with a light covering of snow and the sun is shining in Fort William. Adele is now getting excited about another Scottish winter season and just hopes we have a repeat of last years conditions.
Summit of Ben Nevis
Please do not hesitate to contact Adele if you are interested in experiencing the delights of Scottish winter climbing or just want to brush up on your skills to enjoy the mountains in the snow. Adele will be resident in Scotland from the 14th December 2013 until the beginning of April and will be keeping an eye open for any early season climbing. Adele is also very pleased to announce that everyone booking with her is eligible for a 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoors.
At the end of the season Adele will be joining the Jagged Globe Dhaulagiri Expedition and Trek Spring 2014
Dhaulagiri 8,167m known as the dazzling, white, mountain is the seventh highest mountain in the world first climbed by legendary Austrian mountaineer, Kurt Diemberger and Austrian/Swiss team, in the pre-monsoon season of 1960. Since then around 450 climbers have reached its summit by a variety of routes. Only five British ascents have been made and no British woman has yet reached the top. The normal route follows the North East Ridge and is thought to be the safest and most straightforward line on the mountain.
Dhaulagiri with the NE Ridge on the far left
Dhaulagiri I lies on the far West of the Himalayan chain of mountains and is surrounded by giant peaks with Annapurna to its East.
In 2009 Adele trekked into base camp and enjoyed the tranquillity of this area with twelve Jagged Globe Clients partaking in the Dhalaghuri Circuit Trek and Damphus Peak which is an expedition in its own right. Following a two day stay at base camp the team ascended the French Col and took in Damphus peak on their return to Pokhara. As a trek this circuit has to be one of the best Adele has experienced in her fifteen years of Himalayan climbing.
In 2014 Adele will be joining the Jagged Globe team to climb Dhaulagiri which will be lead by Robert mads Anderson. Robert has an amazing climbing pedigree and was Leader of Venables' successful 1988 Everest Kangshung face expedition. He has also lead Jagged Globe expeditions to Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Vinson , Everest, Kilimanjaro and Makalu (2011).
As well as being an outstanding mountaineer Robert is a published writer and author of 'Seven Summits Solo'.
Adele joined Robert on the successful 2011 Makalu expedition which was her fifth 8000m peak summit success as a leader or part of a Jagged Globe team. As well as her record on the 8000m peaks Adele has a vast experience of climbing at altitude and has led numerous expedition including Everest, Lhotse, Manaslu, Ama Dablam , Huascaran, Gasherbrum II to mention a few. Together with a highly talented Sherpa team Jagged Globe has a great chance of summiting Dhaulagiri next spring.
If you are interested this unique experience to climb Dhaulagiri or trek into base camp then contact Matt Parkes at Jagged Globe for more details http://www.jagged-globe.co.uk
Posted on 10 Oct 2013 by adele
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