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LATEST NEWS - May 2013
Summer Adventure Activities Programme |23 July to 29 August 2013| Lake District, Cumbria is available to book online now
Our 2013 British Hill Walking Leaders Certificate course dates are now available to book. For dates and information click here
BHLC Part 11 will be running on the 7th - 9th June based at Thorney How Hostel Grasmere.
British Hill-walking Leader's Certificate (BHLC) | Lake District | Cumbria
“Qualify as walking group leader with the BHLC”
The course is delivered in three parts with each part consisting of a weekend course (two days plus evening sessions for each weekend).
BHLC 1 :- 19th - 21st July.
6th - 8th September. 18th - 20th October
The cost of each weekend course is £199.00. This includes Hostel board, lodgings, tuition, assessment, National Navigation Award fees and VAT. There is no maximum or minimum time restriction between courses.
Minimum age is 18 years.
For full details, how to book and booking conditions….. Read more
31st March 2013
Ron with client on Coniston Old Man (2,635) over the Easter Weekend. Instructing in the use of axe and crampons in Winter conditions available from Summitreks.
29th March 2013
The Wintery conditions return to the Lake District, Ron on Wetherlam
19th February 2013
Old Man of Coniston
6th February 2013
More snow last night and a beautiful crisp sunny day today means the Lakeland fells are looking at their best. Ron Rutland Director at Summitreks captured this scene today across the Old Man of Coniston.
15th January 2013
The snow has arrived across the Lake District, Ron Rutland has been out capturing some Winter scenes across the Old Man of Coniston today.
3rd November 2012 -SUMMIT SUCCESS - Kyajo Ri 6,186m
After a cold, dark, 5am start, along with five other expedition members Ron was rewarded with stunning views of the Khumbu Region as he stood on the summit of Kyajo Ri (6,186m) this morning.
Ron on Kyajo Ri
31st October 2012
The Expedition reached Base Camp at 4,550m on Sunday, following a Yak herders trail to reach the Kyajo Drangka Valley. The base of the valley is a flat meadow surrounded by impressive rock walls.
Monday was a rest day before a 5 hour load carry to the foot of the glacier and Camp 1 (5,350m) yesterday. Tomorrow the team will leave once more for Camp 1 and on Friday Ron will be in the first team to climb to Camp 2 (5,700m). This involves awkward scrambling ground over scree and rock boulders to get onto the glacier and up onto the col.
From here, depending on the weather, they are positioned for a summit bid on Saturday.
Team Gokyo Ri 5,380m
Kyajo Ri from Machermo
Saturday 20th October
Team on acclimatization walk.
On 14th October 2012 Ron is leaving for Kathmandu to climb Kyajo Ri 6,200m in the Everest block.
In September 2012 Hilary and Ron visited the Sierra Nevada, Spain. The highest peak in Spain is Mulhacen 3,479m which they climbed from the village of Capileira via the South Ridge in good weather and descended to the Poqueira refuge where they spent the night.
September 2012 Hilary on top of Mulhacen 3,479m
2013 Winter Courses Programme now available
This is Summitreks 26th year of running winter courses in the Lake District.
WINTER HILLWALKING RESIDENTIAL - 2 Days
WINTER HILLWALKING Non-Residential- 2 Days
WINTER MOUNTAINEERING RESIDENTIAL-2 Days
Last Winter was excellent with great snow conditions on the high fells throughout the winter months. Summitreks courses proved very popular and we strongly recommend advance booking to ensure you secure places.
1st - 3rd February 2013
8th - 10th February 2013
15th - 17th February 2013
22nd - 24th February 2013
1st - 3rd March 2013
For more information and to book online click here
- Lhotse - 2012
Tuesday 8th May - Lhotse
Due to the current danger on the Lhotse face and in the Khumbu Icefall Ron has decided not to make another trip back up the mountain. At this stage nobody is prepared to fix ropes in the Lhotse Couloir due to the danger of continual rockfall. It seems that the mountains are too dry without snow to hold the loose rock together - so rockfall on the Lhotse face is relentless, causing many injuries. Ron leaves E.B.C tomorrow for his trek back to Kathmandu.
Saturday 5th May - Lhotse
Another day at E.B.C and Ron is deciding on his next move . Adele left for C2 at 2.30am today and Scott left for Kathmandu. He decided that the risk on the mountain this year is unacceptably high. A culmination of serac falls, avalanche at C1 and constant stonefall threatening the route on the Lhotse face - and causing numerous injuries already, confirmed in his mind that this isn't the year to be there. An updated weather forecast today gives snowfall until at least May 12th - so Ron is tucking into a supper of pizza from the base camp chef, and weighing up the odds!
Thursday May 3 - Lhotse
Still at E.B.C. with news of another injury from stonefall on the Lhotse face. Another Sherpa has been evacuated to Kathmandu with head injuries. The search for a safer route from Camp 2 to Camp 3 is being discussed this afternoon at E.B.C. by the major expeditions on the mountain.
Ron and Scott in their Down expedition suits on Lhotse
Saturday 28th April - Lhotse
Talking to Ron today via satellite phone from C2, 6,410m, their lucky escape becomes clearer. Few people were at C1 at the time as it is used as a staging camp to aid acclimatisation. Most of the empty tents disappeared off down the icefall or were totally devastated. Ron's team were using TERRA NOVA Heavy Duty HYPERSPACE tents. After the initial blast and flattening of the tents, they regained their shape and, according to Ron, contributed to saving them from a potentially life-threatening situation.
Bruised and shaken they emerged from the flattened tents and with C1 clearly vulnerable, made their way straight to the safety of C2 at the back of the Western Cwm. A sherpa was thrown into a nearby crevasse during the avalanche. After rescue by the team's sherpas he was evacuated to Kathmandu by helicopter. A lucky escape.
Friday 27th April 2012 - Lhotse
Change of plan! After expecting the team to leave E.B.C yesterday there was a big serac fall in the icefall resulting in the route and fixed ropes being destroyed. This is the area that Ron had identified as a potential high risk area - maybe now it will be more stable. Fortunately they are only in this area of the route for a very short time. They left this morning, a day later than planned.
Thursday 26th April 2012 - Lhotse
A 2.30am start this morning and back into the icefall to return to C1 - evidentally particularly cold and windy this year. After a night at C1 they will make their way to the back of the Western Cwm and Camp 2. From here they will spend time acclimatising and checking out the start of the route up the Lhotse face.
Ron, Adele and Scott
April 23rd 2012 - Lhotse
After a very cold and windy night at camp 1, at 6,100m the team arrived back to the luxuries of E.B.C at 9am this morning taking 3hrs to negotiate the ladders and broken ice. Another stage of the acclimatisation complete. On this first foray up the mountain Ron wore ODLO base and mid layers, RAB primaloft and outer shell. Axe and crampons by GRIVEL.
April 20th 2012 - Lhotse
Today Ron's team are resting at E.B.C after a trip through the Icefall yesterday. They reached 5,850m, before negotiating the ice and ladders to return for a second breakfast! Another important acclimatisation day under their belts, they will rest tomorrow and set off into the Khumba Icefall once more on Sunday. They will set off for Camp 1 at the top of the icefall to spend a night before returning to E.B.C on Monday.
Descending ladders in the icefall
BRITISH HILLWALKING LEADERS CERTIFICATE
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