22nd October Cargo packed and Ready to go
The Climbers Club Kyajo Ri Expedition 2011
The team with their Cargo at the Malla Hotel
After a manic day getting the permits Adele and Fiona went for walk with sarita to the hills close to Kathmandu. This little adventure ended up taking a few local buses to return to their starting point.
In the evening the rest of the team arrived and were greated with the news that they had to get their cargo packed by 10am this morning.
At 9.54am everything was ready and with 231Kg of cargo the expedition team were pleased that they could spend the afternoon relaxing in Kathmandu. Tommorow morning the climbing team and trek team will get the flight to Lukla and start the trek into their base camp.
Posted on 22 Oct 2011 by adele
Shopping in Kathmandu
Kyajo Ri Expedition 2011
Yesterday Adele and Fiona arrived in Kathmandu as the advanced party for the Climbers Club Kyajo Ri Expedition 2011. Kyajo Ri is a technical peak of 6153m and will hopefully be climbed by a couple of routes by seven team members. Today Fiona and Adele spent the day shopping for a variety of items such as snow bars, stove boards, fixed rope, epigas and oxygen. Not a normal shopping list for the two sophisticated ladies but certainly a productive shop, helped by Pema Tharki Sherpa.
After lunch it was time to start packing and enjoying the lawn at the Kathmandu Guest House the ladies stuffed their barrels to the brim and then met up with Sarina from Community Action Trekking who have organised the logistics for the expedition.
Tomorrow it’s a visit to the ministry of tourism to get the permit and more shopping for their High Altitude rations.
Pema helping with the shopping.
Fiona packing her barrel
Posted on 20 Oct 2011 by adele
13th October Sneaky trip to Morocco ( Full Story)
A sneaky trip to Morocco
Never say never and when Rosemary asked if a quick trip to Toubkal was possible Adele replied “ Off Course” Toubkal North Africa’s highest peak at 4167m has not got the best of reputations so Adele thought it would also be good to explore and make her own Judgement. A few days after Rosemary’s request they were off on easy jet to Marrakech. Arriving at 7pm gave them just enough time to jump on the No 16 local bus and visit the thriving city square before retiring to their hotel for a very expensive Beer.
Its a hard Life!
The following morning they were met by Mohammed 1 ( Their guide) and Mohammed 2 (their cook) and drove off to the small village Tassa Ouirgane where they were greeted by Hussain and another Mule driver and two Mules. At 32 degrees it was a little warm and Adele and Rosemary set off on trek wondering whether Morocco was the right choice of venue. However they soon got into their stride ( plod) and chatted away. Mohammed interspersing the continued conversation with value added facts about the plant life and Berber culture. After an amazing lunch the first days trekking was over and they were made welcome in Haj’s gite where Adele was likened to a Land rover and Rosemary to an ordinary 4 x 4 they took the compliment and enjoyed Haj’s (84) company.
Day 2 started early in order to reach the Tizi n’tizikerte pass 3000m befor the sun got too hot. No crowds , fantastic trekking and beautiful views of the Atlas mountains was the reward for the 4hr trek to the top of the pass. After another amazing lunch a long descent dropped them down into Amed for a hot shower and some social interaction.
Top of Pass 3000m
Day 3. Expecting the tourist trail to the Mt Toubkal to be full the team set off early to avoid the crowds. After a few hours the only people they met were from Sheffield and a friend of Adele’s. The scenery was lovely and Rosemary and Adele very happy to chatter their way up the hill whilst Mohammed 1 &2 engaged in conversation for the next 6 hours.
The refuge was quite busy but with their own cook and guide Adele and Rosemary seemed to get special treatment. This was Rosemary’s first real experience of a refuge and she took it in her stride following Adele who had a little more experience of the etiquette.
Excitedly they packed and for Rosemary those summit day nerves began to rumble. Rosemary’s last experience at altitude was not a pleasant one and this was a bit of a test of how she would perform. The gauntlet was down and hopefully with the good acclimatisation profile they had completed Rosemary would shine through and make the summit in good time.
4000m peaks unravelling in the Atlas Mountains
At 4.30am the Blackberry Alarms went off( well at least that part was working) and breakfast was eaten with that usual enforcement rather than enjoyment. It was windy out and the usual dawn coolness was a shock as they set off. No chatting today and very few stops saw Rosemary and Adele reach the ridge by 8.30 am. Clear views of an array of 4000m peaks unfolded and the excitement of the topping out came closer as the summit pyramid loomed. In exactly 3hrs Rosemary, Adele and Mohammed stood on the top of North Africa. It may not be the highest or the hardest peak in the world but the emotions of summiting were clearly visible and Rosemary could put behind her last experience. After pictures, nuts and figs they descended back to the hut for another royal lunch and a long walk back to Armed. A hot shower and more giggles without off course Beer and more plans were made for Rosemary and AP Mountaineering.
Close to the top of ToubkalA fantastic trip and despite Toubkal's bad reputation it is a great mountain. Thanks to Mohammad, his team and Rosemary for making it happen.A P Mountaineering will hopefully be running a winter Toubkal trip this December costs to be announced. If you're interested please contact Adele
Posted on 13 Oct 2011 by adele
Today was a double venue day and started with a drive out to
Glendalough. This was not work for Adele today as Simon was her guide.
Simon Guiding Pennington
After an hours walk they reached thhe bottom of the crag and had to go for the *** Classic Quartz Gully ( HS 4b). Simon had raved about the second pitch and even after Adele had said he could have all the glory and lead, she could not resist it and persuaded him to hand over the rack after the first pitch. Smiling Simon watched Pennington stretch her legs as far as she could on the crux move and then scurry back before taking a higher route which enabled her to eventually balance over into the crack. Once established on the belay Adele took a look out and up the Glen and was amazed by her first Irish rock experience. The descent however was not so amazing, and soon Adele had wet feet as they descended some wet gully. Not forgiving Simon for getting her best Meindl approach shoes dirty they returned to the car hoping it would be drier in Dublin.
Simon on the fine second pitch of Quartz Gully.Wanting to seek out another venue Simon took Adele to Dalkey Quarry. Here Simon grabbed back the lead for a while and then Adele over enthusiastic approach left her swearing on a blank slab wanting some gear. Scared of falling off and spoling a forthcoming trip to Morroco and Nepal Adele gingerly (with help from Simon) reversed some very delicate moves back down to the ground.Not wanting to give in Adele went for the route next door which was a little easier and thankfully had some gear.A brilliant day out and a big THANKYOU to SimonAdele will be leaving Ireland in a few hours and will be driving North to the Lakes for a weekend of Scrambling.
Posted on 30 Sep 2011 by adele