I am going to moan a lousy weekend with lots of pain now on more pretty strong pain killers and the daily walk is out for just now. I had to phone the Medical help line at the weekend get a bit of help. The bowel is place we do not think about much but we dearly need. Enough I managed to watch the sport but the walking for three days does not help I cannot manage it just now so seeing Scotland getting thumped was not good medicine.
There was an article in the Times about the use of drones on Everest they are going to be used in Nepal to assist in a route up the Khumbu ice fall. This is a very dangerous area as it is loaded with crevasses and overhanging seracs. Yet every year a route has to be found through this area to allow the Sherpas and climbers to find a safe way through this maze of danger. Lat year 16 died in the ice fall and was a huge tragedy and though the ice fall will never be safe maybe this will help. I am so glad we went to Everest in 2001 from Tibet and had other dangers like the North Col but nothing in compassion with the ice fall on the Nepali side. We used Yaks to take the kit to 21000 feet at Advanced Base Camp just below the huge North Col. The ascent to Col had to be watched as it has a big potential to Avalanche A fixed line is put up by the Sherpas to assist all climbers.
I spoke at a Search Management weekend several years ago about the possibility of using drones on Rescues many laughed at the time. Things are changing and so do we have to keep up with technology are they being used now. There is a use for drones without a doubt but people on the ground are always needed.