Posted by: johnnysbigclimb | October 5, 2010

Special Thanks from The Cancer Society of NZ

Yesterday I met Johnny Davison for the first time. He came into Domain Lodge, the home of the Cancer Society in Auckland, and gave us a cheque for $3,500 raised from his recent Everest climb. What an amazing effort!
Many people climb mountains and they do it a variety of reasons. Many people support charities and again they do this for a whole host of motives. In Johnny’s case, it’s because his own family has been touched by cancer & he wanted to make a difference. Johnny’s story is one of courage & generosity. Working for the Cancer Society teaches you that life is short & you should take nothing for granted. Enjoy it but don’t be afraid to take a few risks along the way just as Johnny did when he made it to the top of the world.
Thanks to all those who supported ‘Johnny’s big climb.’ For most people getting through cancer is their own personal Everest. With your help the Cancer Society can make a difference in their lives.

Regards, John

John Loof
CEO Cancer Society Auckland Division

Posted by: johnnysbigclimb | May 26, 2010


Summit, 8am, May 22nd!

We’re all safely back down off the
mountain, having successfully reached the top of Mt Everest at 8am on the 22nd.
Our expedition put more than 30 people on top that day, including 12 clients
(we started with 18, however 6 pulled out of the expedition prior to our summit
attempt). We had a beautifully clear summit day on the 22nd, Russell
Brice our director having picked the weather perfectly. Light winds, and blue
skies with low numbers of other climbers on the mountain, which meant no
waiting at bottle necks such as the iconic Hillary Step. I’ll start from the

Everest summit photo

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Posted by: johnnysbigclimb | May 24, 2010

Top of the world!

Great news everybody… On behalf of Johhny D, I can confirm he has successfully summited Mt. Everest!!! Well done buddy, that is an outstanding achievement! We don’t have his next blog post yet but we do have a brief message of confirmation (in true Ed Hillary style) he sent through overnight:

“Knocked the bastard off at 8am on the 22nd. More to come soon. Effing hard work….”

We don’t have an official photo through yet either, but we think it may have looked something like this…

Posted by: johnnysbigclimb | May 19, 2010

A couple of pics before we attempt to summit!

First aid briefing

Thermal boot liners

Jetstream Chart

Slot Cars

Posted by: johnnysbigclimb | May 11, 2010

Time to knock the bastard off

Hey guys, Its that time of the trip now, where we’re relaxing, waiting in base camp, for our opportunity to climb Everest. Each day we watch the weather forecasts, looking for that small gap in the weather where we’ll make a dash for the summit. Its a perfectly fine, clear day today, with a reasonably stiff breeze however, indicating that today is a day not to be up on the summit! I had an interesting conversation with one of our clients the other day up at camp 2, which I was reflecting on today. So often success and failure is judged upon a single outcome in isolation. Read More…

Posted by: johnnysbigclimb | May 9, 2010

Everest Base Camp – Saturday May 8th

Large Rock Move

We’re all resting up in base camp at the moment, killing time and ever watchful of the weather forcasts. The plan is to wait for an upcoming break in the winds and weather, to grab our opportunity to get up onto the summit before the jetstream winds pick up again as the monsoon arrives in June. Russell Brice, the director of Himalayan Experience, in a previous career, was a professional weather forcaster for round the world balloon teams, and so we field many questions on what we think is going to happen with the upcoming weather! Needless to say, this privileged information is closely guarded, so I won’t say too much more about that. Read More…

Posted by: johnnysbigclimb | May 6, 2010

Final preparations

We’re back at Everest base camp now after our acclimatisation trip up to camp 3 halfway up the Lhotse Face at 7,400m. The trip went well, with most of the team making it up to camp 3 and completing our acclimatisation program. From now on, our only goal is to climb Everest once we’re rested and the weather allows. Read More…

Posted by: johnnysbigclimb | April 28, 2010

Back in a week

Cafe Culture at Everest BC

Yesterday it was decided that we’ll head up onto Everest for our major acclimatisation trip starting tonight, which takes us all the way up to camp 3 at 7,400m. This means that todays been spent getting ready both mentally and physically for the mountain, packing bags, sorting food and appreciating the comforts of base camp before our week away. Tonight we’re going to wake up at 1am with a plan to depart at 2am, and head up through the Khumbu Icefall past camp 1 at 6,100m to camp 2 at 6,400m. We plan to stay a few nights at camp 2 before ascending partway up the Lhotse Face to camp 3 where we’ll spend just the one night at camp 3 before returning to base camp. This will be our final acclimatisation trip before our summit attempt in May, the when of which will be dictated by the weather. Read More…

Posted by: johnnysbigclimb | April 28, 2010

Guide Profile – Hiro Kuraoka


Guide Profile – Hiro Kuraoka

Age: 48

Hometown: Chibo, Japan

Occupation and personal situation: Mountain Guide, married with 2 daughters, 17 and 21, sponsored by Haglofs Mountain Clothing, and Hestra Gloves.

JD – Favourite food?

HK – My favourite food is sashimi with Japanese sake!

JD – Favourite place in the world?

HK – I like beach climbing in Thailand, not cold, easy to get beer and relaxing in the sunshine. Read More…

Posted by: johnnysbigclimb | April 27, 2010

Back at base camp

Perba Tashi at Lobuche high camp

We’re back at base camp after having spent a week down valley at a lower Himalayan Experience camp at the base of Lobuche Peak. We used this camp from where to stage out ascent of Lobuche Peak, which is a mountain just over 6,000m high a few hours walk from Everest BC. We climb this mountain is to acclimate our bodies to the thin air, readying ourselves for Everest and giving the clients an opportunity to practice their skills. Many teams acclimatise on Everest itself, heading up to camp 1 and 2 before returning to base camp, however, this involves more trips through the Khumbu Icefall where there is a hazard of falling ice towers and avalanches from above. We prefer to acclimate on lower peaks down valley rather than subject ourselves to an unnecessary risk in the icefall. Read More…

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