Thinking of Friends on Everest

Thinking of Friends on Everest
Rich Parks (left) and Steve Williams (right) in Xegar, Tibet

At this moment three good friends are attempting Everest and my thoughts are with them. Mark, Steve and Rich were part of our Cho Oyu expedition last fall, which for them was a training run for The Big One.

Mark Pinnock is a Brit who lives in Chatel, not far from Geneva, and I regret not taking time to visit him after SIHH but the schedule just didn’t work out.

Steve and Rich were an inseparable team on Cho Oyu and have continued their adventures by skiing to the North Pole prior to reaching Everest base camp on April 30th. Already three weeks behind schedule, they will struggle to catch up with the team’s acclimatization.

If anyone can do it, these two can! Steve Williams OBE is better known as a two-time Olympic gold medalist in rowing, and Richard Parks is probably even better known for his career as a professional rugby player.

All three are the best of people and it is truly an honor to know them. Mark is climbing on behalf of his charity, the Saint Francis Hospice (, while Rich and Steve are well into a world's-first multi-event race called the 737 Challenge for the Marie Curie Cancer Cure. (

Please take the time to look over their websites and perhaps support the cause. “Warm” wishes are also welcome!

Thinking of Friends on Everest
Mark Pinnock at Base Camp, Everest
I wish them the best of luck...
05/05/2011 - 18:52
What an incredible accomplishment it will be once they have achieved their goal. In addition, it will make it even sweeter realizing that they are doing it for great charities! Of course being a watch nut, do you happen to know what watches they will be wearing for their Everest climb Dean? Maybe a VC Overseas? Best, Mike
the watches...
05/06/2011 - 00:49
I guess its a sign of being a WIS that I happen to notice (and remember) the watches that people wear .  Steve had an Omega Seamaster and Mark was very fond of his Tissot T-Touch with altimeter.  Can't remember what Rich wore exactly but it may have been a Suunto.  They were by far the most popular time pieces on the mountain. I was without an Overseas in Nepal (that deficiency has now been fixed) and unfortunately wasn't able to arrange a VC loaner.  Linde Werdelin were interested in providing a test watch and, while tempted, in the end I couldn't bring myself to represent another brand.
best of luck to the team!
05/05/2011 - 19:10
what an adventure! we'll be behind them
05/05/2011 - 19:50
Pleased to join you Dean in your thoughts and aspirations...
05/05/2011 - 20:05
Clearly, these are very courageous and brave guys. Would love to hear of their progress and achievements. Best wishes to all! Tony
Wow, that is just one incredible challenge and awesome adventure!
05/06/2011 - 00:25
Hope these guys reach for the stars
The best of luck and best wishes to the entire
05/06/2011 - 02:09
team. Tim
May 6 - First Summits of 2011
05/06/2011 - 18:08
Just received a bulletin that the lead Sherpas responsible for fixing ropes have reached the top of Everest today, for the first summits of the 2011 season.  Mark, Rich and Steve's expedition can be followed here:
Re: May 16 - Team on top of the world!
05/16/2011 - 17:56
Just heard that sixteen team members, including guides and sherpas, reached the summit of Everest early this morning and are slowing arriving back at the South Col camp.  Outstanding! Unfortunately, my friend Mark had descended a day earlier with an unspecified illness, however, he will be able to consider another attempt within the week when Steve and Rich make a go for it.  It would be awesome to see the three amigos from Cho Oyu summit together.