The team has finally completed their journey back in Kathmandu. Everyone is safely back and enjoying the change of scenery!
This climb has been a huge achievement for everyone of the team. For Rob Hill this is the culmination of a long held dream to climb all 7 of the highest summits on each of the continents in order to raise awareness of people who suffer from intestinal disease. He has done an amazing job over the past 10 years since he first embarked on this project, and we at Canada West Mountain School have been very proud to have been able to work with him on all of his summits. We were all very saddened when Rob had to descend from Everest on his 2008 attempt with us, so we are even more elated at his success this time around. Congratulations on finishing your quest, Rob!
Darrel Ainscough has been quietly and steadily ticking off the 7 summits over the years. He also was with us on Everest in 2008 and had to descend early – we were equally please with his strength on the mountain this season and are incredibly happy that he also has reached his goal of climbing all of the 7-Summits as well. Way to go Darrell!
(Both Rob and Darrel have both completed their 7-Summits with a climb of Carstensz Pyramid in West Papua as opposed to the Australian version)
For Lead Guide John Furneaux, this is his 2nd successful ascent of Everest, putting him in a rather elite group of Mountain Guides who have successfully climbed and Guided to the summit of the worlds highest mountain. An excellent job under extreme conditions, further demonstrated by the patience and care that saw our team up and down without any incident, injury or frostbite. I know that Rob, Darrell and all the Sherpa team were gratefull for his excellent leadership.