Climbing Everest

NSPCC/Tait 2013 Everest Expedition. Dispatch 17

David Tait | Posted 06.07.2013 | UK
David Tait

The avalanche of a few days ago was a moment when the value of those you love crystalizes in microseconds. Previously I may even have considered the near-death experience a "rush", but now all I can focus on is how desperately I want to once again see Vanessa and the boys.

NSPCC/Tait/Everest 2013 - Dispatch 11

David Tait | Posted 17.06.2013 | UK
David Tait

My name is David Tait - I'm an NSPCC Trustee and 'charity mountaineer' having now successfully climbed Mount Everest four times - in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011. I climb to raise both awareness and money for the many violated kids - one of whom was I.

NSPCC/Tait 2013 Everest Expedition - Dispatch Nine

David Tait | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK
David Tait

We had been assured by the Katmandu Helicopter Company that the aircraft would be with us soon after 07:15, but in typical Nepali style, if finally clattered into view at the foot of the valley an hour late. This wouldn't have been too much of a problem were it not for the extreme cold.

NSPCC/Tait 2013 Everest Expedition - Dispatch Eight

David Tait | Posted 10.06.2013 | UK
David Tait

Unzipping the tent showered me in ice crystals, but finally, and a little unsteadily in stood upright and gazed around at the beautiful scene. I trudged to the wash-tent and with a -10 ambient temperature, set about shaving.

NSPCC/Tait 2013 Everest Expedition - Dispatch 7

David Tait | Posted 07.06.2013 | UK
David Tait

With a bitter wind at our backs we set off across the boulder strewn river plain at little more than a snails-pace - our priority to get Ethan to Lobouche on one piece.

Nspcc/Tait 2013 Everest Expedition. Dispatch 6

David Tait | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK
David Tait

Straight up. There was no alternative way to exit sleepy Phortse and still be heading towards our intended destination Pheriche, [the next stop on our journey to BC] than straight up the steep, hill that flanked this picturesque village.

NSPCC/Tait 2013 Everest Expedition - Dispatch 5

David Tait | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK
David Tait

Yesterday had turned into a bit of an epic. After racing up and down the mountain that backstops Khumjung, I had decided that it was time to give myself a decent wash. Over the years Phurba's Lodge has added a number of improvements including a solar-powered electric shower.

Dispatch 4 Khumjung [3850m] 3rd April

David Tait | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK
David Tait

Well this is not too far from paradise - at least not for me. I, and I suspect many are not too far from despair at the simple mundane nature of everyday existence, but the tranquility I feel [at least for the first few days!] after arriving here redresses the balance.

Dispatch 3 - Monju [2600m]-Namsche [3500m]-Khumjung [3900m]

David Tait | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK
David Tait

Hi, My name is David Tait - I'm an NSPCC Trustee and 'charity mountaineer' having now successfully climbed Mount Everest four times - in 2005, 2007, ...

Dispatch 2 - Kathmandu - Lukla - Monju, 31st March 2013.

David Tait | Posted 02.06.2013 | UK
David Tait

Kathmandu air-traffic control found a reason to deny our helicopter permission to pick us up from the Hyatt pad. No explanation was forthcoming - just no. So, at 6am we crowded into an ancient battered small coach and rumbled out onto Kat's dawn, but already bustling street.

PICTURES: Wounded Ex-Servicemen Prepare For Everest Climb

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.04.2012 | UK

The Walking With The Wounded team rested on Good Friday as they prepared to spend the next seven weeks living in tents. However the five injured so...

Preparing to Climb Mount Everest

Matthew Dieumegard-Thornton | Posted 29.05.2012 | UK Sport
Matthew Dieumegard-Thornton

Climbing Everest is so much more than the 20 minutes spent on top of the world. When I climb, I think it is good to remember why I am doing these big expeditions especially when there is often quite a lot of suffering encountered with high altitude mountaineering. The first thought is always for the pleasure and love of climbing. The love of the sport was the first thing that brought me to climbing, so it is always a powerful emotion to remember. I am hoping to raise £8,848, the same height as Everest in metres, for the charity Global Angels.