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Gavin Bate Everest 2002 Expedition Dispatch One: The final weeks are ticking by with alarming speed and planning has gone into advanced stages.... 


MARCH 27, 2002: British North Ridge Everest Expedition 2002


MARCH 28, 2002: British North Ridge Everest Expedition 2002


APRIL 1, 2002 Kathmandu is quiet, the nights almost empty 


APRIL 2 2002: Just a very short update - Gavin phoned via his portable sat phone


APRIL 3 2002 Another brief update from the journey into Tibet courtesy of Gavin's portable sat phone...


APRIL 5 2002 Hello again - Gavin left us some voice mail today...


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APRIL 9 2002 Gavin has got in touch with us again in the last few minutes.

APRIL 13 2002 Well, I have to say I'm a very happy fella. Coming online today I found an e-mail from Gavin - the subject line read: "Hello from 21,450ft"....


Gavin Bate plans of providing for you, the readers of EverestNews.com, a special view into Everest. This is part one....


APRIL 15 2002 Advance Base Camp, Everest: Looking out of the mess tent door, the north east ridge of Everest cuts the sky in two in one direction; the North ridge divides it in the other.


APRIL 17 2002 Advance Base Camp, Everest: We got a call today from Gav as he sat perched at Camp 1 (7,000m). He and Will had done their first climb above ABC - and have taken up some of their gear in what will be the first of many journeys between the two camps.


APRIL 18 2002 Advance Base Camp, Everest: Yesterday was an important day for Will and I, our first foray up to 7000 meters and camp 1on the north col of Everest. The day before we had decided to do a little recce with about 15kgs and dump the stuff in a duffle bag at the bottom of the huge headwall that rises 2000' sheer from the head of the glacier up to the col itself. Click here for the full dispatch.


APRIL 20 2002 Advance Base Camp, Everest: Nights don't come more windy and noisy than the one we had before our second carry to the north col. Will reported the tent virtually turning inside out on him, so that at one point one of the poles was jabbing him in the face. Click here for the full dispatch.


APRIL 22 2002 Advance Base Camp, Everest: We spoke with Gavin again today - apparently he and Will are back at ABC having completed their third carry to Camp 1. They are now fully stocked at camp 1 (21,450ft) and ready to face the next stage - the camp 2 carry. Click here for the full dispatch.


APRIL 25 2002 Camp 1 (7,000m) Everest North Ridge: Gavin has called in this afternoon - he and Will are currently snug in their sleeping bags dreaming of hot showers and cheese on toast (if I know Gav!)... They are sending their first night at Camp 1 - a significant milestone on the expedition... Click here for the full dispatch.


APRIL 26 2002 Camp 1 (7,000m) Everest North Ridge: Just a brief update today - although we are expecting pictures and text from Gavin and Will in the next 24/48 hours. They both successfully made it to Camp 2 today and dropped off tents. Click here for the full dispatch.


APRIL 28 2002 ABC, Everest North: Will and I can hardly believe it. We managed to put in the first carry of all the teams here to Camp 2 at 7600 meters, and what an epic it turned out to be! Having avoided actually sleeping at the north col, 7000 meters, we have been methodically stocking our camp there over the past week or so until everything is in place for the rest of the climb. So the day before yesterday we climbed back up the headwall, now in a record 2 hours 10 minutes, and prepared for our first sleep at 7000 meters... Click here for the full dispatch.


APRIL 30 2002 ABC, Everest North: Dear All, Gavin and Will called again today - they have been stuck in a 48-hour storm at Advanced Base camp. Today the weather has broken slightly and there has been periods of sunshine - although the winds are still strong. Apparently the last couple of days has been a bit demoralizing with all the bad weather. There are quite a few damaged tents at ABC and Camp 1... Click here for the full dispatch.


May 1, 2002 ABC, Everest North: How to climb Everest ! Will and I have spent at least the past three hours deciding how to make our next moves on Everest. Most of the other teams are at Base Camp while this period of bad weather continues to cast doubt on what we can do. We have to think carefully because we are trying without supplementary oxygen and we have to do our own carries. Some of our priorities are... Click here for the full dispatch.


May 2, 2002 ABC,  Camp 1, Everest North Col: Willie and Gavin phoned today sounding very chirpy. As usual Gavin was going on about the culinary delights being prepared by his tent mate-come-chef. Fruit dumplings were on the menu at Chez Tent tonight... Click here for the full dispatch.


MAY 05 2002 Camp 1, Everest North Col: Will and I headed back up to the north col for the fifth time, this time with little weight in our rucksacks. Everything we need was up at Camp 1. About 15 kilos was at Camp 2, staked down with ice axes in a little shallow scrape we had made last time we were up there. Our job this time was to put in the rest of the gear we would need for Camps 2, 3 and 4...  Click here for the full dispatch.


MAY 06 2002 Base Camp: Hi Everyone - got a call from Gavin today. He and Willie are back down at Base Camp for the first time in a month to gorge on the oxygen-rich air. They anticipate to be at Base Camp for three days, then make the two day trek back to Advanced Base Camp - from where they will assess the situation as regards any summit attempt.... Click here for the full dispatch.


THURS MAY 09 2002 Report from Base Camp: Hi everyone, Well the big news today is that Gavin and Willie have decided to join forces with Alexsei from Russia who they have become firm friends with over the last month. He too will try for the summit without oxygen. According to Gavin, who I spoke to today, Alexsei (sorry if that's spelt wrong!) has been on the North Ridge route before so his experience ... Click here for the full dispatch.


MAY 12 2002 Report from: Advanced Base Camp

Hundreds of emails! That's what we have come back to and we've only just finished reading through them! I thought we were getting excited about the top, but summit fever is catching on! Particularly liked the one that said 'You make Everest come alive for us, the human story, the trials and tribulations, the decisions, the daily life, the humour. Thank you all so very much, we're just sorry we can't reply to them... Click here for the full dispatch.


MON MAY 13 2002 Report from: Advanced Base Camp: The waiting is over. Now the fun begins. A forecast five day spell of good weather has settled on the worlds highest mountain and there is frenetic activity at Advance Base as everybody prepares for their summit bid. High temperatures towards the end of week - minus ten on the summit - and low wind speeds of between 10 and 12 knots indicate that the window is here! Click here for the full dispatch.


MAY 14th: Hi EverestNews.com, Just a quick note to say Gavin and Willie have reached camp 1


13:00 GMT WED MAY 15 2002 Report from: Camp 2 (7,600m)


MAY 16 2002 Report: Hi Everyone, Here is the latest from Gavin and Willie's Everest summit bid.


Gavin and Willie have left for the summit in the last half-an-hour.


Gavin and Willie left for the summit from Camp 3 at 15:00 GMT on Thursday (now yesterday!).


Hi EverestNews.com, I have spoken to Gavin just this minute... they are at Camp 3.


Ten minutes ago to my great relief I was woken up by a phone call from Gavin.


SAT MAY 18 2002 LOCATION: Camp 1


Gavin Bate, it is over ??


Gavin recounts summit bid


Gavin recounts summit bid: Part Two


Gavin recounts summit bid: From Everest with Love Part 3


Gavin recounts summit bid: Part Four


Gavin recounts summit bid: Part Five