Gurkhas prepare to tackle Mount Everest
The Brigade of Gurkhas are back in training for Mount Everest, and, acts of God aside, the team is in a strong position to put the first serving Gurkha on the summit.
The team, largely unchanged from Gurkha 200 Everest (G200E), has built on the foundations laid in the run up to the 2015 expedition. They have conducted training in the French Alps, Wales and most recently in Scotland.
The aim has been to reignite the skills required with a particular focus on exposure at height and technical ability on rock, ice and snow.
As with any expedition, a key component to success will be the cohesion of the team, and the training exercises have all allowed the team to strengthen the bonds built in 2015 through climbing and the earthquake. In addition, they have allowed the 4 new members of the team a chance to integrate and develop uniform practices for procedures like crevasse rescue.