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Posted on Tuesday 8th May

Walking With The Wounded charity patron HRH Prince Harry broke the news that the 2012 Expedition to Everest has been postponed for this season due to treacherous weather conditions.

The fundraising group leader, Martin Hewitt, wrote in his blog from Everest that the core temperature in the region has been significantly higher for the time of year than it should be, and been so since the start of the climbing season. This greatly increases the risk of avalanche, which the group have witnessed to one degree or another most days at some point along the route to camp 2.

Martin Hewitt said:

r for our team to commit to our summit attempt we have to climb just once more. However, our Sherpa would need to ascend these two areas no less than 8 more times. On analyzing the risk to their lives, a decision was taken by the expedition leader to cancel our summit attempt. Everyone on our team is used to accepting high levels of risk through military service and partaking in pioneering expeditions. There comes a point when one has to swallow a little pride and deal with a short term set back in order to prevent what one feels would be certain serious injury and potential loss of life.

He spoke of the team's absolute disappointment in being unable to complete the challenge, but concluded his report with a statement suggesting that the team will try again when the opportunity arises: 'The mountain is still there and we are still young!

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