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News for March 2011
Alpamayo - final place(31st Mar)
We now have just 1 place remaining on our Alpamayo expedition this coming June. You can combine Alpamayo, with an ascent of Huascaran - Peru's highest mountain. Our expedition takes places towards the beginning of the climbing season. [read more about Alpamayo]
Everest team en route to base camp(31st Mar)
Our Everest team are trekking up the Khumbu Valley. You can follow their progress by 'liking' our new, dedicated Live Despatches Facebook page or visiting the Live Despatches section of our website... [read more] or [read more about Everest South Col]
Ama Dablam “Silver Hut Expedition” - 50th anniversary trek(30th Mar)
Ama Dablam was first climbed 50 years ago as part of the 1960-61 “Silver Hut Expedition”, led by Sir Edmund Hillary, which pioneered studies into high altitude physiology [archive photos here]. To celebrate the first ascent, we have a special anniversary trek to base camp this November. Jim Milledge, one of the scientists from the original expedition, will return to the 'Matterhorn of the Himalaya' as part of this trek team. Jim will also be joined by Norman Hardie (NZ), who summited Kangchenjunga on the first ascent of that mountain, in 1955.
Dates: Sun 6 Nov - Tue 22 Nov '11
This special trek is two days longer than our Everest Views and Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek, as both Jim and Norman will give slide presentations in Kathmandu about these historic pioneering expeditions and the team will visit Khumjung, en route to base camp. If you would like to join our Ama Dablam climbing team, they will be trekking into the mountain at the same time. [read more about Everest Views and Ama Dablam Base Camp]
John Eames leading Altai Climber(30th Mar)
John Eames, who led our first ever Altai Climber expedition back in 2004, will lead this summer's expedition. You can read John's report from that trip here and check out his priofile here. There are 2 places left on the expedition, so please get in touch now if you are interested in joining our team. The dates are 30 July - 14 August. [read more about Altai Climber]
Jagged Globe Facebook Live Despatches(29th Mar)
By 'liking' our new, dedicated Live Despatches Facebook page, you can be instantly notified when new despatches are posted on the Jagged Globe website. We post regular updates from our 8,000m Peak expeditions, when they are running. This spring, you can follow Jagged Globe teams as they climb Everest and Makalu.
Cho Oyu - price revised(25th Mar)
We have revised the price of our 2011 Cho Oyu expedition to £9,995, including flights from the UK (from £10,495). The expedition will now travel overland from Kathmandu into Tibet via the Friendship Highway, rather than flying from Kathmandu to Lhasa. If you would prefer to fly to Lhasa then we can arrange this for an additional £550. [read more about Cho Oyu]
2012 Mera and Mera & Island Peak dates(25th Mar)
Next year's dates are now available for both Mera Peak (24 days ex UK) and Mera and Island Peak (30 days ex UK). There is still availability on some Mera Peak trips for this coming autumn, though Mera and Island Peak is now wait-list only. If you would like to secure your place early at today's prices, we require a £300 non-refundable deposit per person. Or, if you would simply like to discuss either of these itineraries with one of our knowledgeable staff, please get in touch. [read more about Mera Peak]
Mal Haskins leading Alpamayo / Huascaran(24th Mar)
Mal Haskins [profile] is leading our Alpamayo and Huascaran expeditions this coming summer. Andy Chapman was due to lead these teams, but as he's off to Everest this spring, he might need a rest come June! Mal has led for Jagged Globe previously on Mera and Island Peak and is off to Manaslu later in the year to try and Speedly fly from the summit of Manaslu, the world's eighth highest mountain. If you don't know what Speedflying is, then check out Mal's Speedfly 8000 website. There are now just two places left on Alpamayo and we're down to the final few places on Huascaran too.
Meet Steve Williams OBE(22nd Mar)
Double Olympic Gold Medal winning rower, Steve Williams OBE, is joining the North Pole and Everest legs of Richard Parks' 737 Challenge. Steve has prepared by training in Scotland and Greenland, as well as climbing Denali and having been to Cho Oyu with Jagged Globe last autumn. The 737 Challenge website has published a really interesting interview with Steve.
Meanwhile, Richard has just climbed Carstensz Pyramid, finding the trek in and out through the jungle to be the toughest leg so far. Check out Richard's tweets to start to get a sense of the cumulative effect of back-to-back expeditions. He's off to the North Pole next week, then both he and Steve arrive later than usual on Everest (due to not being able to reach the North Pole until the start of April). It's going to be a test of endurance and patience. What will he have left in the tank for Denali and Elbrus? [read more]
Everest and Makalu despatches - subscribe now(21st Mar)
We will be posting up despatches from Jagged Globe Everest and Makalu expeditions this spring. Subscribe now for email notification of new despatches... [read more]
Photos from Intro Ski Mountaineering in Andermatt(21st Mar)
David Darwent has sent us some photos from the 5 March Introductory Ski Mountaineering course in Andermatt. The week was instructed by IFMGA Guide, Andy Owen. To see the photos... [read more] or [read more about Introductory Ski Mountaineering]
Bolivian Climber - 1 place(19th Mar)
There is now just 1 place remaining on Bolivian Climber 3 July. The 24 July expedition is fully booked. [read more about Bolivian Climber]
2011 Alpine Courses - PDF download(19th Mar)
Full details of our 2011 Summer Alpine Courses, are available as a PDF download. The PDF can easily be printed off and contains all the information you need, including dates and prices, to choose the right Alpine Course to suit you. If you would like to chat to us about your previous experience, please do not hesitate to give us a call and we can talk about our range of courses and what might best match your needs. [read more]
Denali 2012 dates(16th Mar)
The only remaining availability for the 2011 season on Denali is for the 6 May expedition. We have now published dates for 2012. Please note that Sterling prices for 2012 expeditions do not include the anticipated increase in the National Park Service (NPS) climbing surcharge. The NPS is proposing an increase from US$200 to US$500 per climber for the 2012 season. If you would like to discuss any aspect of Denali, then please call Tom Briggs on 0845 345 8848. [read more about Denali (McKinley)]
Alpine Intro - Mont Blanc extensions filling up(15th Mar)
The first of our 3-day Mont Blanc extensions to the Alpine Introduction is now fully booked. The combination of our Alpine Introduction week in Arolla, with an ascent of Mont Blanc, is our most popular option for those joining us in the Alps. Due to limited spaces in the Mont Blanc huts, we restrict the extensions to 6 participants per course. To secure your preferred dates, we recommend that you book early.
[read more about Alpine Introduction Mont Blanc Extension]
Everest freight and porter fleeces(10th Mar)
Our Operations team have been busy packing freight for both our spring Everest and Makalu expeditions. In total, the freight weighs 1.5 tonnes! In addition to 45 tents, rope, sleeping mats, ice screws, stoves and food, we are sending out 200 fleeces for porters. These will go to Kit Spencer's porter fund for Kit to distribute as he sees fit. Here's a picture of Matt labelling up some of the boxes and barrels. You will be able to follow both the Everest and Makalu expeditions during April and May via our Live Desptaches.
Jagged Globe team cross South Georgia(10th Mar)
Mungo Ross called today by satellite phone from Fortuna Bay on South Georgia to confirm that he and five members of the Jagged Globe team have successfully made a traverse of the island, in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton. The team set out from King Haakon Bay two days ago. Mungo said:
"It's been a very hard crossing. The weather had been very warm, so the glaciers were extremely dry, meaning we had to weave around lots of crevasses. Luckily, we had great weather for the entire duration of the crossing. The team is very tired, but we're now looking forward to being picked up by the Polar Pioneer and cruising off to visit some of the other islands down here in the Southern Ocean."
ShAFF winners announced(4th Mar)
...AND THE WINNER IS?
Best Film (Sponsored by Jagged Globe) - The Swiss Machine - featuring Ueli Steck (Sender Films)
Stunning aerial footage of Ueli Steck's record-breaking speed ascents in the Alps. THE SWISS MACHINE charts the amazing feats of perhaps the greatest speed alpinist the world has ever seen. Ueli literally races up 8,000 foot mountains doing in hours what other mountaineers take days to achieve.
Win £2000 off your next Jagged Globe trip!(3rd Mar)
Sign up for our 2011/12 brochures and you could win £2,000 towards a Jagged Globe Climb, Trek or Ski trip. Simply visit the You.Here. page and enter your details. Even if you have previously received Jagged Globe brochures, you need to enter your details to have a chance to win! And it doesn't matter if you have already booked a trip with us, you are still eintered into the draw. [read more]
Video: Rich Parks training on Cho Oyu(3rd Mar)
Here's a short video of Rich Parks, training for his 737 Challenge on Cho Oyu last autumn. Unfortunately our 2010 team were unable to attempt the summit due to heavy snow and dangerous avalanche conditions, but the film gives a feel of what it is like to attempt an 8,000er. Rich is now part way through his 737 Challenge - he's off to Carstensz this month, then the North Pole... then Everest. Jagged Globe's Matt Parks edited the film - Matt won a film prize at the Adventure Film Academy Classic Film Marathon in July last year. On the subject of short films, why not come along to the Jagged Globe Video Shorts night at ShAFF tomorrow (Friday 4 March at 9pm), hosted by "Hull's second best climber", Andy Kirkpatrick? [Tickets here]
There are still places available on our 2011 Cho Oyu expedition. [read more about Cho Oyu]
100% success for 737 Challenge Kilimanjaro trekkers(2nd Mar)
All ten members of the team who took part in the 737 Challenge Kilimanjaro trek summited Africa's highest mountain at the weekend. The team included Marie Curie nurse, Janet Stuart. Next, Richard Parks is off to Carstesnz Pyramid, in West Papua - the highest mountain in Australasia. Sometimes referred to as the most 'elusive' of the Seven Summits, Carstensz is notoriously difficult to get to. Richard will be trekking in through the jungle to reach the base of the mountain. Terry Moore has written a report of the Kilimanjaro ascent... [read more]
Sheffield Adventure Film Festival - this weekend(2nd Mar)
The Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (ShAFF) [New Website] takes place this coming weekend: 4 - 6 March at the Showroom complex in Sheffield. The Jagged Globe Video Shorts evening, hosted by Andy Kirkpatrick, is at 9pm on Friday night. It's set to be a fun night, so come along. Tickets (£3.80) are available from the Showroom.
Check the ShAFF website on Friday morning to see who the overall festival winners are.
Over the course of the weekend, there are many excellent climbing, mountaineering, skiing, biking and general adventure films. There's also an International Bouldering event at the nearby Climbing Works, so you can mix up watching films and speakers, with seeing some of the best boulderers from Europe competing. Here is this year's ShAFF trailer:
1 place left on Bolivian Climber(1st Mar)
Due to a cancellation, we have a place available on 3 - 24 July Bolivian Climber. This is the last place remaining on our two expeditions this coming summer! [read more about Bolivian Climber]
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