British Mountaineer Alan Hinkes is prepped for record summit bid

For British mountaineer Alan Hinkes it seems to be a waiting game at Kangchenjunga base camp with the weather proving to be a fickle companion. With nothing but heavy snow for more or less three weeks the Swiss International climbing team at base camp decided to call it a day and retreat back to Kathmandu.

No sooner had they left than the snow stopped and the temperature rose. The snow has now receded above base camp for the fist time since Alan arrived more than three weeks ago. Alan is now pretty much alone at base camp with just his climbing partner Pasang Gelu and a couple of cooks to keep him company.

By his own admission this is how he prefers it and he's now beginning the mental preparation for a final summit dash. The weather forecast (which is never too reliable in the Himalaya) is looking favourable towards the weekend so when the majority of the UK is enjoying the Bank Holiday, Berghaus athlete, Alan Hinkes will be pushing for his final 8000m summit.

If successful he becomes the first Briton to climb all 14 '8000ers' and only the 13th person to join the elite club of 8000m hero's. Hopefully - with fingers crossed and touching wood - the next Alan update will be a summit announcement.

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