We carry here the latest updates received from Peter O’Connell’s Mt Everest Expedition. April 16 th : After passing through Gorak Shep, Peter O’Connell has now made it to Everest Base Camp, where he will spend some time acclimatizing to the altitude and preparing to climb the notoriously unstable Khumbu Icefall. Climbing equipment and supplies are usually carried by yaks and human porters to Base Camp on the Khumbu Glacier. Peter hopes to scale the icefall this week, tackling the crevasses, seracs and shifting blocks of ice, which constitute one of the most dangerous sections of the route. Above the icefall, Peter will attempt to reach Camp I at 6,065m, where he will spend a short period before advancing onwards to the next camp. At base camp, the Galway man and his expedition crew were blessed by the sacred Lama, who rated his chances at summiting Everest at 95%, and was duly impressed by Peter’s “No Limits” mantra. Unbelievably, Peter currently has coverage on his phone, and the facebook page is really worth a visit as the updates and photos that he has uploaded are truly incredible. Peter hopes to summit within the next four weeks and to learn how he is progressing, find him on facebook under PeterOConnellEverest4Pieta or find his location through his GPS tracker on http://www.findmespot.com/mylocation/?id=BcPUk . This campaign hopes to raise awareness and funds for Pieta House and donations can be made online at www.idonate.ie . April 23 rd : Peter this week continued his expedition up Mount Everest to raise awareness for suicide prevention and funds for Pieta House. Peter conquered the famously difficult Khumbu Icefall which boasts treacherous ice and cavernous crevasses and makes the icefall one of the most difficult parts of the route. On Tuesday 23 rd April Peter was able to give us this update: “Hi guys, making great progress, I spent the last week getting up through the icefall to Camp 1, then on to Camp 2 for a couple of nights and on to the lhotse face at 6,700m. Only 2,148m from the summit!! We came back down to Base Camp as the bad weather came in, through the icefall, first a crevasse field, then weaving down through the "popcorn" ice blocks the size of buses shaped like popcorn! Then down through huge gorges and pits crossing crazy ladders and navigating the glacier, but it is safe enough! We are at Base Camp for a few days now to rest, we go back up on Friday to make it as far as Camp 3 with all our summit gear and set up camp. After a few nights there, we will return to Base Camp and wait for a weather window for summit bid, which will take 5 days from Base Camp. Really enjoying it, it's tough enough but I guess it's Mount Everest!”. All the images of the camp are to be found on the facebook page “PeterOConnellEverest4Pieta”. These photos are a great indication of the conditions Peter is living in. Over €20,000 has been raised to date.