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  • Marco Cremona

    Hi Lynette,

    Took time off from my own preparations to Everest to have a look at your blog…. It’s great and you seem to be an inspiration to a lot of people Down Under. Fantastic that you’re raising funds for a worthy cause!

    We’ll meet in a week’s time in Kathmandu in what will certainly be the experience of a lifetime.

    Marco Cremona
    Team Member – Challenge8000 Team
    First Team from Malta to have a go at Everest

  • 4/5B

    How do you feel when you’re up so high on mountains?

  • When you first reach a new altitude it’s literally breath taking. Even the smallest task leaves you huffing and puffing. But then the body starts to acclimatise and it becomes easier. I’m lucky I sleep quite well at new altitudes. Even sleeping through avalanches! But the most amazing feeling is when you peek out of your tent the next morning and take in the incredible view. Now that’s breath taking!

  • 4/5B

    Thank you for your response! The class were very excited to read it.
    Do you use a utility belt, backpack and jacket as you climb up Mt Everest?
    If so, what materials are each of them made out of and what functions does your utility belt and backpack have that are different to normal belts and backpack?
    Eg hooks- to hang things on.
    Looking forward to your reply.
    Thanks from 4/5B

  • Namaste 4/5B
    I have a harness that attaches me to the ropes to keep me safe. It caught my fall into a crevasse the other day!
    It also has a jumar to help me up steep sections and an ATC to help me belay down the same sections. (more info in the kids page equipment)
    There is also a carabiner (that’s the bit that attaches me at all times)
    My backpack is more light weight and has a crampon bag on the outside. We don’t have them on our feet the whole time and they’re a bit too sharp to put inside the bag. I have several Jackets on Everest. They’re all light weight with lots of pockets. From BC to C2 I’ve been using my down jacket early in the morning from 4am to 7am and then the windproog jacket during the day as needed. Often I’ve just been in my long sleeve white shirt that gives me UV protection as the sun is very fierce up here with less atmoshpere to protect us.
    Oh my backpack and harness have lots of loops. I often have my water bottle attached to the outside of my backpack by a spare carabiner so it’s handy for a quick drink. Higher up it will be too cold for this.


    Lynette from Everest BC

  • lara clifford


    why do you have to go up and down the mountain

    Kink thanks


  • lara clifford

    do you get along with your team mates

  • Emmi

    how many pieces of clothing do you need to wear on mount everest

  • Hi Lara,
    We go up and down as part of the acclimatisation process.
    If a helicopter took us from sea level to the summit and dropped us off we would die in a couple of minutes because there is only 30% the oxygen at the summit and we don’t have enough red blood cells to draw that oxygen into our body. So putting it simply, each time we reach a new altitude, a process is started in our body to produce more red blood cells. We can’t stay at that level yet because the red cells haven’t grown yet. So we go back down to let that happen and then we can go back up to that level safely to sleep and climb to the next level to start making more blood cells.

    Does that make sense?
    Now with all these new cells our blood is thicker so it’s really important to drink lots of water to keep the blood flowing!



  • Another interesting question Lara,

    Bottom line is we have to work as a team and that takes some compromise and yes some tongue biting!!
    Would I have all of my team mates as friends? No.
    Will I have some of them as friends? Yes
    Do we get a little “cabin Fever”? Yes.
    I have some very good friends that are sadly on other teams for Everest. Margaret from Perth and Marco, Rob and Greg from Malta.
    I was invited to join the boys for tea last night and it was wonderful. We talked until really late 9pm!!!

  • Namaste Emmi,
    My guide Kenton Cool who has summitted Mt Everest 7 times has responded for you:

    Emmi, I wear
    9 pieces on summit day
    2 pairs of socks
    Thermal top and bottom
    1 piece fleece suit
    another fleece on top
    Down suit
    Wooly hat


  • Trotty, All the best for a successful summit. Love reading your new blogs. Cheers Gill P from Adelaide.

  • Thanks Gill

    Fingers crossed we may sneak in a summit on this run.


  • lara and grace


    do you miss your family

    from lara and grace

  • Annette Moretti

    always thinking of you. hope you summit soon and enjoy the view.

  • mikaela from 4/5b

    have you climbed a mountain that hasn’t got any ice

  • mikaela from 4/5b

    were doing a school project on mount Everest then we found out about you.
    I have never had a snow ball fight. So is it really hard to climb mount Everest and confusing.

  • Hi Lara and Grace,

    That’s a great question.
    I don’t miss my family in the way that I am sitting here sad.
    But I think that’s because I have been able to phone my Mum and Dad quite often on the satellite phone.
    My Mum sends me emails almost every day telling me what’s happening on their farm.
    They’ve planted vegetables, Dad’s sprayed the weeds in the paddock and the alpacas aren’t happy. They’re going to Mrs Langford’s Birthday lunch.
    So I’m getting all the news from home.

    I’m also lucky to have friends on the mountain, so I’m getting some hugs occasionally. Very important!

    So while I’ll be very glad to be home and see everyone, The wonders of modern technology has kept me from being sad and missing my family. Aren’t I lucky to be climbing now and not 20 years ago?



  • Thanks Aunty Annette,
    All my love to everyone at home.
    You’ll all be with me when I summit.

  • Hi Mikaela,
    I have climbed some mountains without ice.
    I’m not sure Mt Lofty in the Adelaide Hills counts though.

    In Ecuador we climbed a mountain above Quito for acclimitisation (sorry I can’t think of it’s name just now)
    In 2004 in Nepal I climbed Kalapattar (just a couple hours walk down form BC) where I took the photo of sunrise behind Everest that’s on the website and sits on my desk at work.


  • Another good question Mikaela,

    We had snow again last night so I might go out and throw a snowball just for you!
    It is really hard to climb Mt Everest.
    It’s hard mentally.
    It’s hard on the body.
    It’s hard to concentrate on every step you take and every placement of your carabiner and jumar when you’re tired.
    It’s hard because it’s so steep and as the others found out on their summit day, there’s not a lot of snow and the rock sections were difficult.

    Is it confusing?
    It may sound confusing all this up and down and waiting on weather. But that’s part of mountaineering. It doesn’t run to anyone’s schedule.
    We can’t control it.
    But we’re not confused in what we have to do and where we have to go and how we have to do it.



  • Trevor

    Hi Lyn – I read the article in our latest Plan newsletter. I have been to Kalapattar walking in from sea level but have always wondered what pre-requisites you need to be able to climb mother Everest. I am 45 and have dreamt about it since I visited Nepal some 25 years ago. You say that you had to do this and this and this. Can you give a bit more detail on what actually this and this and this is?

    cheers & good luck with the weather!!!


  • G’day Trev,
    There are as many journeys to Everest as there are climbers.
    Some have a couple of peaks and then tackle Everest.
    Me personally, I wanted to become a climber. I wanted to be able to rescue myself or someone else out of a crevasse. I wanted to be able to self arrest etc.
    But this is not absolutely necessary.
    I started with a company called Earth Treks that literally has a programme of climbs from beginners to Everest.
    I began in Ecuador on Cotopaxi, Cayambe and Antesana.

    But the most important thing is that you have a dream. We just need to convert that to an achievable goal!
    You can give me a call on the number on the website when I get back to Oz and we can chat in more detail.



  • Trevor

    Thanks Trotty – I will certainly follow up with you after you catch up with the rest of the world and family!

  • Barbara

    What happened to you at 30? You make reference to it after your fall into the cellar.

  • what equipment is important for climbing mount evrest and how do you get to the bathroom?


  • Simeon,
    If you go to the Kids Page and then the Equipment page it lists my equipment. And you’ll see it includes a pee bottle that I practice with before I leave home.

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