History of Topout

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Ted has been involved in High Altitude mountaineering since 1983. In 1988 he became involved in the O2 systems as a member of the Joint Services Team on Everest’s West Flank route (with Simon Lowe and Steve Bell of jagged Globe). It was here that he realised that the available systems were not only wasteful, but dangerously inadequate. In 2001 he led the first RAF team to climb Everest taking the North Ridge Route. As the leader he did not have time to devote to the O2 operation, however little had changed since 1988.

Ted had to go back; this time to the South side in Nepal, without a team, to find the time to develop the system and finally climb the mountain for himself in 2004.