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Our team result
Here is a recap on our team
The summit team
On 21 May Anselm Murphy, David Cole and Andrew Falgate summitted, together with Jamie McGuinness, Chewang Palden, Jangbu and Pasang Gombu. Namgyal summitted the day prior, while rope fixing.
David Cole - self-portrait
Anselm Murphy - Jamie
Laid back, James really fitted with the team of boys. It is a shame that he reached his limit a little way above camp 3, not being comfortable with - or without - oxygen, or more specifically, the oxygen mask.
James O'Leary - Jamie
Our French-American, and when it came to food was every bit as complicated as that sounds! Although the ever increasing altitude slowed him, he made it to South Col and then to just above, to ~8000m, a happy result.
Namgyal and Raphael - Jamie
Although gutsy, Gina tore her breathing muscles early in the expedition and developed a persistent cough, as is common here. Even after shaking her chronic back pain, she could not get over her cough and so made it only to just below camp 3.
Gina Soto - Jamie
Andy Falgate summitted - Jamie
Our team L-R: Serke (cook, BC manager), Sonam (new kitchen crew) Dawa (sirdar), Jangbu, Pasang Gombu, Kami, Da'Ongchhu, Tawa (C2 cook), Jamie, Raphael, Nima Tenzi, Andy, Gina, Anselm, James
And on the other side of the chotar: Nawang Geden, David, Pasang Gyelu, Mindu, Tarke, Mingma Lhakpa (kitchen) and Chewang Palden, missing Namgyal
Photo by Gombu with Jamie's camera on a tripod
A big thanks to everyone who joined, above. Thanks also for the people who didn't join, but who wanted to book the north side. The south side has additional challenges and I feel most of you made the right decision. See you next year!
Also a huge thanks to the sherpa team, all the loads carried, the meals cooked, and the care taken. The camaraderie. What a team.