Last updated: April 24 2008
Andrew Brash Update
Andrew Brash, Knowledge Bureau Faculty member has settled into the routine at base camp. He and his team are testing rope lines and practicing rope work for the climb ahead.
One of the obstacles Andrew and his team will face early in the climb on this side of Mt. Everest is the Khumbu Icefall. This formidable advisory comes with a reputation that proceeds it as one of the most dangerous stages of the South Col route.
The Khumbu Icefall is at the head of the Khumbu Glacier, which advances down the mountain three to four feet a day. This movement puts the icefall in a constant state of change ñ crevasses can open up with no notice or be buried under snow, causing climbers to fall in.
The icefall is close to base camp and allows climbers to do ëtest runs', exactly what Andrew and his team have done.
"Today after years of reading, watching and listening to horror stories about the legendary Khumbu Icefall, I entered it with some trepidation to say the least. What I found was without doubt a serious mountaineering undertaking, but one with which I felt more comfortable than I would have imagined. It was in fact quite a relief to calm my fears concerning this infamous obstacle that is often considered the key to the mountain."
We will continue featuring an ongoing update on his climb to the summit as part of Breaking Tax and Investment News or you can track his progress by visiting his website http://www.andrewbrash.com/ for live updates from the expedition.