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Ladakh 4 Summit sucess!
This dispatch just received from Adele in Ladakh:
Yesterday morning at 8.54am Adele five sherpas and all the team members from RGSW stood (or sat ) on the summit of Samgyal 5850m. Adele was in her element as the climb proved to be a little more involved than expected.
Adele and Mingma fixed a rope over a huge crevasse which allowed access to the upper final mixed ice and rocky slopes and small summit. Extensive views of more mountains and the odd glimpse of the Karakorum range through the clouds added atmosphere to what was a fantastic day and a great achievement for al the pupils and Robert Gibson the teacher from RGSW. Well done to everyone and thanks to all the Sherpas.
Adele and Ted on the Summit
On the up!
And the down!
Adele apologises for the lack of news recently but there have been difficulties with the e-mail.
Posted on 20 Jul 2011 by adele
Here is the latest update from Adele
Today the RGSW team set padddle down the Indus river. The scenery was magnificent and the 28kmn journey action packed with rapids, swimming and waterfights.
Tommorow we are off to the mountains and will hopefully report our
adventures by satellite phone.
Posted on 09 Jul 2011 by adele
Adele has sent this update from the Ladakh expedition:
Picture below: The views from the Japanese Shanti Puja.
Leh is a beautiful town surrounded by mountains with the view dominated by Stok Kangri. today we spent acclimatising and visiting monastries and a donkey sanctuary. The team are in very good spirits and looking forward to their rafting trip down the indus tommorow. I am not sure that I am! After this we are off to the mountains in the Nubra Valley.
Posted on 07 Jul 2011 by adele
Adele has e-mailed the following dispatch:
Here is the first update from Ladakh written by the students of the Royal Grammar School Worcester.
Delhi is a city of extremes, from the oppressive humidity and heat that engulfs you as soon as you leave the dry cool of an air conditioned room to the maniacal drivers who take to the streets in their millions every hour of every day, each making their own small contribution to the dirty fog that hangs over the city. After 10 minibus minutes in the stifling bus that had collected us from the airport, most were thinking back to the comfort of the cool airport.The change in time zone meant that the first and second days combined into one long day, particularly for those members of the team too excited by the entertainment available on the plane to sleep on the flight. The day in Delhi
was mainly taken up by the quest to quench our thirst and get away from the all-pervading heat. A brief walk through the city led to a restaurant which served litre jugs of coke.
It was an early start on wednesday morning, despite it being 5 in the morning, the heat and humidity was still almost unbearable. A breakfast of toast and cereal without milk followed before the breakneck ride to the airport for our flight to Leh. Having arrived intact, we greeted with relief the news that we woukld be allowed to take cabin baggage on the flight, somewhat negating the
worries about the space in and weights of our main kit bags. We boarded the aircraft, the larger among the group having great difficulty wedging themselves into the seats. However, the scenery for the last half hour was certainly worth the squeeze.
Now in Leh we are catching up with some sleep and acclimatising to the altitude.
View from the plane window during the flight.
Posted on 06 Jul 2011 by adele
Sun Fun and Grit
Martin on Neb Butress (HVS 5a) Bamford
After an excellent day yesterday Adele and Paul met up with Martin a well known climber from Scunthorpe Mountaineering Club. Paul did a stunning lead on Neb butrress and Adele and Martin followed in great style even though they were unable to untie from the rope at the top with pumped arms. Perhaps not the best choice of the first route of the day. Paul looking cool ( for a minute ) on Neb Butress (HVS 5a)
Now pumped Adele decided to lead the less strenuous Bamford wall (HS) and after dropping a few nuts actually showed that she could climb. Next it was Martin who took the lead onTwin Cracks (VS 4b) with no real drama. Paul then lead out on the Happy Wanderer ( HVS 5a) which seemed like a good name and was in fact a brilliant route when all three were at the top. Adele then mistakingly went for the VS ( 4c) called Reach which perhaps was not the best idea but with some cunning tactics she overcame the fact of being four foot eleven inches tall and was chuffed when Paul the grit stone boy had struggled just a little bit! Never competition between the trio, Martin finished in style on Bamford Butress and climbed just as well with half arack as he ..... perhaps dropped the rest. ( It was very hot) Finally the intrepid trio finished with a pint of Chatsworth Ale to celebrate a great day on the grit.
Posted on 03 Jul 2011 by adele
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