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“Success is the point where preparation meets opportunity” – Everest Expedition from Tibet side 2013 – Presentation

Are you planning to climb big mountains? Is Sagamartha your ultimate goal? Do you watch all those climbing movies, read all the Everest books, and you want to ask questions and learn more?

Join Javi Clayton and Sports in Life in this presentation of a five years journey preparing to reach The Top of the World.

Preparing to climb big eight-thousanders requires experience and commitment and is a life experience that change us adventures and mountaineers for the rest of our lives. On this presentation hosted by Sports in Life in their showroom in Dubai, we are going to discuss the concepts of Success, Preparation and Opportunity. Talking about how to set clear and realistic goals, walking around the problems while taking the right decisions

Is the Everest North Route suitable for the Rookies? We are going to have an open session to discuss the differences between the two most popular climbing routes in Everest, looking at facts and figures, and trying to get an insight on a total different experience climbing from two different sides of a mountain range separating the plains of the Indian subcontinent from the Tibetan Plateau.

We want to make the session educative and having all attendees to learn and share their knowledge. Building a community of mountaineers in Dubai is still a challenge, and we hope to host a large group of Mountain Junkies in UAE, and start to working together on bringing awareness on this “sport”, inspiring the local community and youth to reach the most beautiful and extreme places in our Mother Earth.

Everest climber Javi Clayton will walk the audience through the following topics

  • Expedition logistics
  • Training in Dubai (by International Sport Expertise)
  • You are what you eat
  • Training mind and body (by Angelica Wellness Coach)
  • Gearing up for Everest
  • Technology over 7000m
  • The high altitude aid kit
  • Processing, disinfecting and transporting water
  • The challenge of exercising and staying hydrated under extreme weather and high altitude conditions
  • New challenges… Greenland WindSled project 2014


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Check-in/OK message from Clayton SPOT Messenger

GPS location Date/Time:01/25/2013 14:12:40 GST


At the top of Jebel Shams, the highest point in Oman!

En la cima de Jebel Shams, el punto mas alto en Oman!

Optimism is the Best Way to See Life

That’s me when I’m not in High Places 🙂


International Everest Day

Today is “International Everest Day”, the date (May 29, 1953) Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and New Zealander Edmund Hillary have become the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest on the Nepal-Tibet border. The two men hugged each other with relief and joy but only stayed on the summit for 15 minutes because they were low on oxygen. Mr Hillary took several photographs of the scenery and of Sherpa Tenzing waving flags representing Britain, Nepal, the United Nations and India. Sherpa Tenzing buried some sweets and biscuits in the snow as a Buddhist offering to the gods. They also looked for signs of George Mallory and Andrew “Sandy” Irvine who had disappeared in 1924 in a similar attempt to conquer Everest, but found nothing.

Tenzing and Hillary

End of Mt. Everest climbing season

This year’s Mt. Everest climbing season has officially ended, with about 240 successful summits, and six deaths in five days, four of whom were lost last week during a bottleneck of people trying to summit the mountain during good weather. About 150 people reached the summit on Friday Saturday alone.
On May 19th, Ngim Chhamji Sherpa (age 16, Nepal) became the youngest women to climb summit and on the same day, Tamae Watanabe (age 73, Japan) became oldest woman to climb the mountain.
Kami Sherpa (age 51, Nepal) has successfully scaled Mt. Everest three times in eight days. Sherpa informed from the Mt. Everest Base Camp that he climbed the Mt. Everest two times in five days and the third time on the eighth day. Sherpa has successfully scaled Mt. Everest three times in a season by scaling the highest peak at 10:30 am on May 19, May 24 at 3:00 pm and on May 27 at 4:00 am. He claimed that these climbs have set the world record for him

On the less exciting side of the things we have some pathetic readings…

Canadian woman’s body taken off Everest

Days After Deaths, Climbers Attempt Everest

To Os or Not to Os

Today more than 3,500 people have reached the summit of Everest, but only 5 percent, or 161 people, have done so without oxygen: 35 Sherpas with no deaths, 117 Westies with 10 deaths. The late, great Russian climber Anatoli Boukreev, author of The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest, made three ascents of Everest without Os, and super-Sherpa Ang Rita from Yilajung, Nepal, made ten oxygenless ascents

To Os or Not to Os – National Geographic



Park’s Grand Slam Expedition

I found this commemorative flag hanging on the dining room of my lodge in Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the magical Khumbu Valley in Nepal. It was hand signed by Korean alpinist Park Young Seok, the first human being in the world to ascend the 14 Highest 8000m Himalayan Peaks, the 7 Summits (the highest peaks on each continent), and reach the 3 poles (Everest, The North Pole, and the South Pole).

Park not only has ascent the 14 8000 Himalayan peaks in the shortest period of time in the world (8years and 2 months), but also holds the Guinness record for ascending the greatest number of 8000 meter Himalayan peaks in one year (6). In addition, he holds the record for reaching the South Pole in the shortest period of time (44 days) by purely walking on foot without any resupply of food in 2004.

Few months after I took this pic, Park and two of his climbing fellows disappeared somewhere in the south face of the most lethal mountain on earth, Annapurna… May his soul rest in peace in the Home of The Gods, the Himalayas.


Afghanistan: The summit of hope

Truly inspiring… Many ideas coming to my mind right now 🙂

Afghanistan: The summit of hope

Piolets d’or 2012 winners

The ascent of Saser Kangri II – the second highest previously unclimbed mountain in the world – is an example of classic exploratory alpinism and committed alpine style climbing at high altitude. The summit was reached via the steep 1,700 metre south-west face after four days of ascent and three bivouacs with the main difficulties concentrated in the upper part of the climb. A wealth of experience enabled the team to take a very minimal lightweight alpine style approach in achieving the first ascent of the peak. Ascent by Mark Richey, Steve Swenson and Freddie Wilkinson, USA.
Video by Vinicio Stefanello ( & Francesco Mansutti for the Piolets d’Or 2012. Courmayeur, Chamonix – Mont Blanc.

Saser Kangri II – Piolets d’or 2012


This three-day alpine style ascent of the previously unclimbed north-west face via a 1,600m sustained mixed route was the third ascent of this famous summit in the Charakusa valley. This young team took their experience of climbing in their home mountains of Slovenia on their first trip to the Himalaya, and used exceptional judgement and commitment on this highly technical climb. The route involved a strong element of exploration and was carried out in minimalist style by a team of non-professional climbers. Ascent by Nejc Marcic and Luka Strazar, Slovenia.
Video by Vinicio Stefanello ( & Francesco Mansutti for the Piolets d’Or 2012. Courmayeur, Chamonix – Mont Blanc.

K7 West – Piolets d’or 2012

Gasherbrum II 8035mt – First Winter Ascent Ever – 2nd February 2011


Gasherbrum II 8035mt – First Winter Ascent Ever – 2nd February 2011