Ed summits 3 Peaks in one season

In December 2006, in the depth of the winter season, Ed summitted three peaks in Nepal within three weeks.

Ed ascending the Lobuche East summit ridge

On Dec 3, he climbed Mera Peak (6,640m) as a warm up to altitude and the bitter cold. It was Ed's second Mera summit, having, climbed it with Robert in alpine style in 2001.

He then headed for Island Peak (6,200m), which he first summitted in 2005 with Robert. But this time was tougher. When he arrived at the summit ridge on Dec 11, bad weather forced him to turn around. He descended all the way down to Dingboche (4,200m), where he rested a day. The next morning, he climb back to high camp (5,400m) in four hours! The next day, on Dec 14, Ed reached the top.

And it was off to Luboche East (6,119m), which despite it relatively low altitude, was technically demanding, and not a straight forward climb as one might expect of a trekking peak. At 0930hrs of Dec 18, Ed reached the second (false) summit. A mere 50m lower than the main summit, this was where most climbers would stop as the route to the main summit was quite technical.

Not easily deterred, Ed assessed the route and decided to proceed. He traversed around the ice wall, along the knife-edge ridge over mixed ice and rock terrain. Two hours later, at 1130hrs, Ed stood atop the main summit. That season, only one other team made it to the main summit.

Heading for the main summit.

These three peaks pushed Ed's endurance and stamina to the limit, but boosted his confidence in his fitness and technical skills for the greater challenges ahead.

 

Ed to climb K2

without Oxygen

in 2008

Ed will again be climbing with his team mate Robert in 2008. Together, they will attempt the world's most dangerous mountain K2 without supplementary oxygen.