Injured soldiers stranded on Everest amid high winds
Friday 04 May 2012
A team of injured soldiers scaling Everest, including a man from Wiltshire, was stranded at camp as the mountain was battered by high speed winds.
The Walking With The Wounded group was forced back by 150mph gusts after trying to reach the Lhotse Face and beyond last Friday, they said.
Large boulders were dislodged from the mountain, turning the journey treacherous. But after beating a retreat to Everest's Camp 2, they remained stranded there for three days, surviving on their reserve food supply.
On Friday they arrived safely back at Base Camp, having helped rescue other climbers in trouble along the way.
Expedition leader Russell Brice, who has led expeditions up Mount Everest for 25 years, said he had never seen such conditions.
“Unseasonably warm weather has made conditions on Everest a little more testing than normal,” he said. “We have been undertaking rescues for other teams every single day this week, and on Monday we airlifted a Sherpa from Camp 1 following a stroke.”
Walking With The Wounded Everest Summit team leader, former captain Martin Hewitt, added “every step was a mission” as the soldiers attempted their climb.
Mr Hewitt from Widnes in Cheshire, Captain David Wiseman from Tadcaster in North Yorkshire, Captain Francis Atkinson from Swindon in Wiltshire, former Private Karl Hinett from Tipton in the West Midlands and Private Jaco van Gass from Middleburg in South Africa are in the process of acclimatising for their climb to the summit of the world's high mountain.
Despite their gunshot wounds, burns and amputated limbs, they hope to reach the peak towards the end of the month.
Walking With The Wounded aims to raise money to help other injured servicemen and women re-adjust to civilian life after they leave the armed forces. Prince Harry is the charity patron and last year he walked for the first four days of their successful trek to the North Pole.
- 1 Venezuela Expo Tattoo 2015: Extreme body art from 'Vampire Woman' to 109mm earlobes
- 3 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 4 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Putin opponent reveals Russian President's daughter's secret identity
Ball pool for adults opens in London
Gay couple buy JebBushForPresident.com web domain, and refuse to sell
16 Waitrose customers who could not cope with the end of free coffee
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
King Abdullah dead: We can't afford not to hold Saudi Arabia's royals to account
Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: Phase Co-ordinator for Foundation and Key S...
Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: SEN Teacher We have a fantastic special n...
Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: My client is an 11-18 all ability co-educat...
£100 - £150 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: Year 6 Teacher Birmingham Jan 2015...