Today ticked a lot of boxes for David. It was his final day of preparation before departing for an attempt on the North East ridge of Everest but with the poor weather of the past few days he'd had to abort two attempts on the classic North East Buttress (IV, 4). We made an early start and made a quick ascent summiting in a white out at 1.30pm. The slabs up to the first platform were thinly iced but the Mantrap was bare rock and the 40' Corner contained plenty of good ice. Today I was working for Alan Kimber & West Coast Mountain Guides.