It was a desperately cold night and, because of the foul weather the night before, there were a lot of people setting off for the summit. Even though we set off at 8.30p.m. we were still in a big long queue of very slow climbers. Anyway we trudged and waited and climbed and eventually, after an inordinate amount of time, we reached the top of the world. Giles arrived first, then Partha, then myself followed by Jen and Susan.
All now at Everest Base Camp and chilling. Trerkking out tomorrow and hope to be in KTM Weds morning.
I'll expand on the story another day. In the meantime ... some photos (which are sort of out of order I'm afraid and the connection is too slow for me to move them around).
Moonrise over Lhotse
Full moon over Lhotse from C2
Approaching the Yellow Band
Giles on The Geneva Spur
The top of the Geneva Spur
Relaxing at The South Col
Ultra relaxing at The South Col
The view from our tent looking towards the route for the summit bid.
Looking back down towards the Balcony