The year started with a focus on Sport/Traditional and Bouldering. Paul appointed a climbing coach and embarked on a periodised training programme. Achieved his goal to onsight 7a and to push his grades Traditional Climbing and Bouldering.
The Winetr had Paul visit the Alps on 4 occasions skiing and enjoying a good season condition wise in the Alps.
Paul visited Andermatt on a Multi pitch sport trip and this is a place Paul wants to explore more as there is so much to do in this little Swiss town.
Paul ticked off a good handful of routes in the Swiss Alps, Although conditions did not allow his main objectives (Eiger and Matterhorn) to be climbed Paul made the most of in condition peaks in the area.
- Klettersteig Jagihorn – Alpine Dust (B3 Boots)
- Fletschhorn Lagginhorn Traverse
- Weissmies Traverse
- Full Brithorn Traverse
- Wiwannihorn – Steinadle Route
- Wetterhorn – (turned 150m from summit) then traversed Mittelhorn
Paul was drawn back to the mountains in 2013, this time his objective Lhotse, Mount Everest’s sister, the 4th highest mountain in the world. The first 4 weeks of this expedition went to plan acclimatising to above 7,000m. It was then just prior to moving up the mountain on a summit attempt Paul fell ill. At camp 2 after rest and hydration things did not improve and Paul mad the decision to descend. After a week trying to recover with no signs of improvement, Paul mad the decision to return home.
Paul successfully led a team of IBM Executives to success on the famous UK challenge, The 3 Peaks. Paul also made a trip to the Black Mountains, North Carolina for some fun on his Mountain Bike.
The year started with a trip to the Ecrines National Park for some Ice climbing. This style of climbing blew Paul’s mind. It was then time to focus on a few months of strength conditioning and endurance training preparing for Mt Everest.
Paul was also busy organising a Charity Ball at Wentworth Club, Raising Funds for Alexander Devine Childrens Hospice and Help for Heroes. after a successful year fund raising Paul had raised over £80,000.
On the 25th May 2012 Paul had achieved his dream and was standing on the summit of Mt Everest Flying the Official 2012 London Olympic Games Flag, A proud moment, and a great story to tell the grandchildren.
The start of the Everest Dream, It was in 2012 that Paul started to plan prepare to summit Mt Everest. It was a busy year travelling up and down the country climbing at UK Crags. Paul also headed into the Alps for his first alpine route, the Cosmique Arete. It was after this trip Paul became inspired and headed back for more climbing a tougher route this time, the Forbes Arete. Paul also returned to chamonix to spend some time with Victor Saunders, Training and developing his alpine skills. On this trip they accumulated 6 alpine routes one being the classic Dent de Geant. In November of 2012 Paul travelled to the Himalaya to climb Cho Oyu, one of the 8000m peaks. After a successful acclimatisation the pre monsoon weather took its hold and prevented moving above 8000m. Although Paul did not reach the summit, this trip was a huge success. learning mountaineering skills and descovering what expedition life was all about.)
- Petite Aiguille Ver
- Auguil Du Tour
- Traverse Entreeves
- Aiguille Marbree
- Points Lachante
Paul was the driving force of an Unofficial World Record on the Versa Climber (24hr Challenge)