Tents on EverestRob and James have both arrived safely at the North Col, where they will spend the night at 7000m. They seem to have made quite good time on this part of the ascent, and thre are no reports of any problems for either of them, although sadly another member of the team has had to drop out for the moment. The next stage takes them to 7800m for the night, which is reported as being psychologically quite difficult: a long grind up a consistent steep slope, and still two days from the summit. The predictions for summit day weather remain stable, and in addition Rob and James have a chance of meeting Rhys Jones on the summit, who also hopes to become the youngest Brit. He has left base camp on the South side, and we send our best wishes to him for the climb: we hope it could be quite a day for British youth. Back home, the press release for Cancer Research has been picked up by the BBC, the Guardian and the Observer, and a number of regional papers, which we hope to build upon for Wednesday.

May 14th

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