There are reports coming back from the early summits that the Hillary Step has been reduced to rubble following the 2015 Nepal earthquake. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

It’s on. Again. Finally. We’ll be heading up the icefall again at 3am on Sunday morning. We’re targeting a summit window of May 25th/26th but keepin(...)

Ireland on Everest: At base camp with Khumbu icefall in the background are, left to right: Cian O’Brolchain, Terry Kelleher, Rory McHugh, John Burke

It’s been an eventful week, and as I sit here in Gorak Shep, with ample internet and a bed for the night as my luxury, we are entering the final stage(...)

From left, Phoenix Whelan; his ‘fairy oddmother’, Rebecca Halliday; and his mother, Jackie Freer

At Easter, some godparents are making the rounds with chocolate Easter eggs, while others are preparing to attend First Communions and Confirmation(...)