Peak 41, Khumbu Alpine Style 2008
Bullock and Houseman planned to make the first ascent of the south summit (6,575m) of Peak 41 by climbing the steep west face, then traversing to the main summit before descending via the Slovenian 2002 route. However, after a brief acclimatisation trip, they descended to their base camp to find that everything – boots, tents, clothing and food with a total value of £10,000 - had been stolen. They returned to Kathmandu, from where Houseman flew home. Fortunately, after a series of urgent emails, Bullock persuaded Noddings – although with limited experience – to take immediate leave from his job and fly out to join him, bringing 60kg of replacement clothing and gear. They then returned to the Hinku Valley where Bullock made a solo attempt on the intended route, but abandoning at 6,200m due to steep mixed loose rock.