The summit of Imja Tse beckoned, only the ice pyramid to overcome, would my 12 months upskilling and preparation pay off? Mountaineering IS suffering!
Stage 1: Twin Otter, Kathmandu to Lukla
Stage 2: Trek to Everest Base Camp, 10 days
Stage 3: Find your mountain, camp high, keep hydrated
Stage 4: Ascend slopes and snow ridge
Stage 5: Time for some ice-climbing
Stage 6: Strike a pose on the summit
Stage 7: Descend safely, look back and admire!