Hugo's blog

March 26th

Already some of the expedition teams are arriving in Kathmandu. There are many reasons for arriving early: more time to acclimatize, perhaps its easier to find just the right spot at basecamp or maybe teams want to be ready for an early summit window.  At HAEX we believe the best chance for a successful summit comes towards the end of May when the days are getting longer and supposedly warmer.  Even so, the fact that some teams are gathering make me anxious to get started!!


In recent years the clothing that we wear on the mountains has been revolutionized.  New fabrics, new manufacturing processes, new materials.  Add that to lighter weight, better performance and what I will be wearing on Everest will be very different to the clothing I was wearing 15 years ago.  Everything except socks - until now.

March 23rd - Packing

Packing is an inadequate term when used to describe the preparations needed to get ready to climb Everest.  I took over the spare bedroom weeks ago and began laying out all the clothing and equipment I might want to take.  Now that room is full and I'm spilling over into the office and garage.  It doesn't help that as the leader of the expedition I have some group equipment that I wouldn't need to bring if I was just a climber.  I have two base-station radios and 5 handheld radios; two gas heaters and two large radio antennas, and more - you get the idea.  Somehow I have to fit this into tw

March 22

Spoke at Black Hawk Middle School today. Rousing success! Another middle school following our efforts for 2012. It's always amazing to show the joys of mountaineering to the next generation.

The Team

High Adventure Expeditions' 2012 Everest climb is an all-British/Nepal affair.
Here are the players:
Team Leader:  Hugo Searle - UK
Sirdar:  Dendi Sherpa - Nepal
Amit Kotecha - UK
Nawal Saighal - UK
Trekking Team
Charlotte Savage - UK
Paul Savage - UK

Everest Expedition 2012

In less than a month the team will be gathered in Kathmandu.  We'll be getting to know each other, doing last minute shopping and eating at some of the great restaurants in the Thamel district of Kathmandu.
In the next few weeks I will be posting bio's and photos of our team members and this blog will be the place to check in and get (almost) daily updates on the climb.  Bookmark this page and prepare to be part of an adventure.

Shipping to Nepal

This year I have some new equipment that I'm bringing on our expedition to Mt Everest.  The problem is that its heavy, bulky and won't fit in my baggage allowance.  What to do?

High Altitude Food

There is an inversely proportionate relationship between altitude and appetite.  The higher you go, the lower your appetite gets.  (I wonder if this relationship holds true under the sea?  Perhaps as you sink thousands of feet down in your submersible you get an almost uncontrollable urge to eat everything?)  The higher i go, the more difficult it is for me to find things that I like to eat.  If something tastes "OK" at sea level, it will be pretty much inedible by the time you get to 23,000 feet.  So I try to find things that I absolutely love at sea level and hope that they're still toler

Joe Brown

Do you know who Joe Brown is?  I would not be surprised if you answered"no" to this question.  Joe did most of his incredible rock climbing over 50 years ago.  He changed the sport forever, but in today's climbing world little attention is paid to how we got here.  It is said that he was so famous that the Post Office would deliver mail that was simply addressed to: The Human Fly, UK.

Buying Online

I get plenty of mountaineering equipment catalogs in the mail.  Sometimes I'll see something that makes me go online to the company's website to check out the item or sale or whatever.  It happened to me today when I received a mailing from REI and it got me thinking: I have been using the same 6 or 7 online retailers when I'm shopping for gear for the last 10 years or so.  Could I be missing out?  What are your favorite online retailers for climbing gear and why?



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