Stephen has returned to the lower Base Camp and is currently with the rest of the Adventure Peaks team. After climbing to 8650m (the majority of the last push being without the aid of Oxygen due to an O2 equipment problem), Stephen had remained at Camp 3 (8300m) and hoped to join up with one of the American groups and stage a second summit attempt. However the shortage of Sherpas at this level and the dramatically waning weather window has meant that Stephen was unable to make this climb.
The team be packing up and heading to Kathmandu shortly, then spending a week or so helping out at a local Orphanage, before hopping on a flight back to the UK. I know that everyone can’t wait to see Stephen in person and congratulate him, but he will be able to access the internet once he is back in civilisation in Kathmandu – so please feel free to leave any messages of congratulations here for him.
And stay tuned… I know for a fact that Stephen will be bringing back a plethora of breathtaking photos, and hopefully even some footage of his climbs!