Just been skyping our lovely Sherpa, Lakpa in Kathmandu - isn't technology wonderful? It's a balmy 24C there!
He's off to Everest again this year - just confirmed today! He and his uncle Dawa will be running the team of sherpas for a joint Indian and Nepalese Army expedition.
Last year he summited with an Indian Army team on a beautiful clear, almost windless day - complete with company banner! (Adventure 14 Peaks)
Now it starts all over again - supplies to collect and pack, a flight to the world's most extreme airport, Lukla, and then the long walk in to Everest South base camp, and finally, the challenge of the world's highest mountain.
My fingers are crossed for another safe and successful trip!