Geoff Robb

I came to mountaineering pretty late in life, and not by the usual route of rock climbing.My wife Sue would say that I haven’t got over my mid life crisis yet. Years of frustration as a banker (with a previous employer) led me to trekking in the Himalayas, then a struggle up Aconcagua, then in 1997 I was unsuccessful on Cho Oyu due to a bad chest cold on the summit bid. Since then I have been very lucky in the mountains, and this will be my 7th 8000m peak expedition. The weather and staying fit are the most critical determinants on a mountain, and I have found the climbs on Manaslu, Cho Oyu (keeping up with a bunch that was all using lots of O2), and G2 (steepness and weather) all tougher than E where I was very fortunate. Also happened to have climbed the Seven Summits (sorry Kosciusko doesn’t count) but didn’t know what they were until Zac mentioned them on our way to Shisha, There was never any grand plan, just if I was lucky enough to get up any mountain, I might then consider another one. Don’t like those who say that they are going to summit a mountain (as this can only bring bad karma on you), but encourage all to try to summit. Sue doesn’t like it when I fill in my occupation as Mountaineer on the departure forms (I assume my banker boss doesn’t either)

· 1996 - Aconcagua (6995m), Argentina.
· 1997 - Cho Oyu (8201m), Tibet. Gained height of 7000m.
· 1998 - Shishapangma (8013m), Tibet.
· 1999 - Everest (8850m) via NE Ridge, Tibet.
· 1999 - Elbrus (5642m), Russia.
· 1999 - Vinson (4897m), Antarctica.
· 2000 - Kilimanjaro (5895m), Africa.
· 2000 - Mt Denali (6193m), Alaska.
· 2001 - Carstenz Pyramid (4884m), Irian Jaya.
· 2002 - Manaslu (8156m), Nepal.
· 2003 - Cho Oyu (8201m), Tibet.
· 2004 - Sth Georgia Crossing, Antarctica.
· 2005 - Gasherbrum II (8035m),Pakistan. Gained height of 7800m.
· 2006 - Mt Kenya (4900m), Kenya. Gained height of 4500m.