Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ Everest Challenge.

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Everest Challenge Sir Ranulph Fiennes is climbing Everest for Marie Curie Cancer Care’s Delivering Choice Programme. Marie Curie Cancer Care..

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Sir Ranulph Fiennes talks about the Western Cwm

In this video, Sir Ranulph Fiennes talks about the trek to Camp 1. Perhaps unexpectedly, it is not the cold that concerns him most, it is the extreme heat they will face on the Western Cwm.
The Western Cwm, often called the ‘Valley of Silence’, is a glacial valley at the foot of the Lhotse Face […]

Kenton Cool on the Camp 1 trek

Team Marie Curie set off to Camp 1 yesterday in the next phase of the acclimatisation process.
In this video post, Kenton Cool talks about this part of the attempt to summit Everest.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes on the Khumbu Icefall

Sir Ranulph Fiennes has today headed into the Khumbu Icefall up to Camp 1. This will be his third time climbing in the notorious Icefall, which has already seen one climber helicoptered out with an injury caused by falling ice.
The Icefall lies at the head of the Khumbu Glacier. It was described by the Sunday […]

Sir Ranulph Fiennes heads for Camp 1

At 4.30am this morning, Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Team Marie Curie emerged from their tents to begin their first climb up to Camp 1. The nightly boom of avalanches and the eerie cracks of the glacier were joined by the sound of tent zips opening and boots crunching on the glacial rubble as the team […]

Khumbu Icefall and the Ice Doctors

Team Marie Curie has trekked to the Khumbu Icefall from Everest Base Camp, as part of the ongoing acclimatisation process essential for a successful summit of the mountain.
The group left their tents at 5.30am and headed for the Icefall, which is found at an altitude of 5,486 metres at the head of the Khumbu Glacier, […]

Memorial stones

At Everest Base Camp and on the way to the summit, climbers will see memorial stones dedicated to those people who made an attempt on the mountain never to return. For every 10 successful attempts to climb Everest there is usually one death.
One of the most tragic accidents in recent times occurred in 1996 when […]

The Puja Ceremony

The Puja Ceremony takes place at Base Camp and is the starting point for all Everest expeditions. Before any Sherpa or team member steps foot on the mountain, a Lama holds the ceremony in order to pay homage to the mountain deity.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes joined the ceremony where climbers brought their equipment, crampons, axes and […]

Sir Ranulph Fiennes has arrived at Everest Base Camp

After an eight day trek through the Sagamarta National Park, Sir Ranulph Fiennes has reached Everest Base Camp. Sir Ranulph now begins the long acclimatisation process which will eventually see him make a bid for the summit of the world’s highest mountain in May.
Sir Ranulph said: “By the time we first saw Base Camp in […]

Namche Bazaar, Nepal

Sir Ranulph Fiennes has arrived at base camp after a week long trek. The team are setting up their equipment and are busy settling into their new surroundings; we will have some images of their arrival soon.
In the video above, Sir Ranulph Fiennes is filmed en-route at Namche Bazaar, about half-way to Everest base camp, […]

A short step from Base Camp

We know that the Marie Curie team is but a short step away from Base Camp and we wait to hear when they have actually reached the camp.
Located at an altitude of 5,380 metres, Base Camp on Mount Everest is the camp area used by climbers during their ascent and descent of the highest mountain […]

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  1. For an intimate portrait of the Sherpas living in the area described here, read Beyond the Summit by Linda Leblanc.
    Details of their culture and religion are interwoven in a tale of romance and high adventure. The story has something for everyone: a love affair between an American journalist and Sherpa guide, conflict between generations as the modern world challenges centuries of tradition, an expedition from the porter’s point of view.

    Below are selections from reviews. To read the complete ones and excerpts go to

    Beyond the Summit, is the rare gem that shows us the triumphs and challenges of a major climb from the porter’s point of view. The love of two people from diverse cultures is the fiery centerpiece of a novel that leads its readers through harshly beautiful and highly dangerous territory to the roof of the world. Malcolm Campbell, book reviewer

    Conflict and dialog keep this gripping story of destiny, romance and adventure moving from the first page to the last paragraph. LeBlanc has a genius for bonding her readers and her characters. I found I was empathizing in turn with each character as they faced their own personal crisis or trauma.
    Richard Blake for Readers Views.

    A gripping, gut-twisting expedition through the eyes of a porter reveals the heart and soul of Sherpas living in the shadows of Everest.

    A hard-hitting blend of adventure and romance which deserves a spot in any serious fiction collection. Midwest Book Review

    LeBlanc is equally adept at describing complex, elusive emotions and the beautiful, terrifying aspect of the Himalayan Mountains. Boulder Daily Camera

    LeBlanc’s vivid description of the Himalayas and the climbing culture makes this a powerful read. Rocky Mt News Pick of the Week

    A rich adventure into the heart of the Himalayan Kingdom. Fantastic story-telling from one who has been there.

    This is the book to read before you embark on your pilgrimage to Nepal. The author knows and loves the people and the country, and makes you feel the cold thin air, the hard rocks of the mountains, the tough life of the Sherpa guides, and you learn to love them too. This is a higly literate, but also very readable book. Highly recommended.”
    – John (college professor)

    Memorable characters and harrowing encounters with the mountains keep the action moving with a vibrant balance of vivid description and dialog. Literary Cafe Host, Healdsburg, CA

    This superbly-crafted novel will land you in a world of unimaginable beauty, adventure, and romance. The love story will keep you awake at night with its vibrant tension and deep rich longing. Wick Downing, author of nine novels

    Such vividly depicted images of the Everest region and the Sherpa people are the perfect scenario for the romance and adventure feats narrated. It’s a page-turner, so engrossing you end up wanting to visit Nepal! Not just novel, but perfect for those seeking to get acquainted with the culture of this country.
    By Claudia Fournier (América, Bs. As., Argentina)

    Available through Barnes and Noble, Borders,,, and the web site

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