The world's loftiest dinner party was on Mt. Everest

A British team of mountaineers just broke the Guinness World Record by more than 3,000 feet.
Author:
Publish date:

Most dinner party hosts worry about napkins, awkward relationships, or overcooked chicken. But Neil Laughton was more concerned with making sure his guests didn’t freeze to death.

On April 29, after a 3-week trek to Mt. Everest’s North Col— 23,031 feet up—Laughton's team of about a dozen climbers and Sherpa guides set up a table with a white tablecloth, cutlery, crockery, and a yellow flower arrangement. With a meal of miso soup, lamb tagine, and chocolate, they popped some champagne to celebrate their accomplishment: The Guinness World Record for the world’s highest dinner party.

"We had thermals on underneath our dinner jackets, and one person had a kilt on," Laughton told the Telegraph. "The two ladies were in full-length ball dresses, but we only lasted through the photographs in that get-up. We had to put our down jackets on to stay alive." He added that it was below zero degrees, windy, and snowing—even the champagne began to freeze.

This was Laughton’s sixth expedition to Everest. And it wasn’t his first attempt at the world’s highest dinner party. He took a different team up the mountain for a dinner party attempt in 2015, but turned back after an earthquake and ensuing avalanche killed 18 climbers and hundreds of locals, according to a blog post written by a team member.

The 2018 dinner party raised money for Community Action Nepal, a UK-based charity that funds local earthquake recovery efforts. So far, the expedition has raised more than $140,000 for the charity, and they’re still accepting donations.

"I don’t think it’s comparable with any other dinner party I’ve been to,” Laughton also told the Telegraph. “It's something that’ll live long in my memory, and in terms of charity money, we're right on track, which is the main thing.”

The team has since made it safely back down the mountain, according to their Instagram.

Related

Everest Base Camp Trail, Khumjung, Nepal

Nepal bans single-use plastic on Everest

What do you get when a record number of climbers ascend Everest? More trash, the Nepalese government discovered this year after collecting over 11 tons from the world's tallest mountain in May. It's been called the "world's highest garbage dump." To cut down on waste, Nepal is ...read more

Mt. Everest at sunset

Worth watching: Everest time lapse

Clouds brushing past the iconic summit pyramid, basecamp bustling with whipping prayer flags and blinking lights, headlamps moving up through the Khumbu Icefall, Namche Bazaar at sunrise, and the Milky Way so clear and pixilated it looks like an artist's rendering. Elia Saikaly ...read more

Prayer flags on Mt. Everest

The highs and lows of Everest 2018

For more than a decade, Alan Arnette and The Himalayan Times have documented the daily comings and goings on Mt. Everest, from Kathmandu to Summit Day and down the mountain. For those of us who aren't stationed there and don't have loved ones attempting ascents, it can seem ...read more

Adam Wilding and a porter on Kilimanjaro

The ascent of Flowfold

For almost every day of Charley Friedman’s life growing up, his commute included a ferry ride from Peaks Island to Portland, Maine, the state's "biggest little city." Everything he'd need each day, from a rain shell to his laptop and schoolwork to his lunch, had to fit into one, ...read more

Everest horn

Industry Buzz: Everest rules, Jeremy Renner, POW, OutsidePR, deadly rockfall, and more

Keep up by reading Industry Buzz. Here are today's top headlines: Have a news tip? Email us at snewsedit@aimmedia.com Potential new rules on Everest: Nepal’s Ministry of Tourism announced proposed changes for guiding and climbing Everest during the spring 2020 season, Alan ...read more

Conrad Anker and the Tsedo sisters of Sherpa

Industry Buzz: OIA awards due, AAC, BLACKYAK, Everest 2019, Farm To Feet, and Colorado's new OREC director

Keep up by reading Industry Buzz. Here are today's top headlines: Have a news tip? Email us at snewsedit@aimmedia.com. Colorado has a new director for its Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry, just two months after Luis Benitez left for a role with VF Corporation. Nathan Fey, ...read more

Kluane National Park in Yukon

Industry Buzz: TNF's 'cupless' races, SIA survey, AR-15 giveaway, GOA awards, climber death on Everest, and more

Don't go a day without reading Industry Buzz. Here are today's top headlines: Have a news tip? We've created a new form where you can submit tips and story ideas. We'll be checking it often to ensure we don't miss anything. First Mt. Everest update: A Russian climber has died on ...read more

patagonia in causeway bay

Industry Buzz: Election Day, trash on Mt. Everest, Camping World, WakaWaka, retail employment data, and more

Keep up by reading Industry Buzz. Here are today's top headlines: Have a news tip? We've created a new form where you can submit tips and story ideas. "Let our people go vote": This November, Patagonia is giving workers the day off for Election Day. And CEO Rose Marcario is ...read more

Everest

Industry Buzz: Everest update, Black Diamond drops climber, socks for the homeless, the first U.S. climbing gym's birthday, and more.

Start your week off right with Industry Buzz. Here are today's top headlines: Have a news tip? We've created a new form where you can submit tips and story ideas. We'll be checking it often to ensure we don't miss anything. Everest update: Mountaineers Willie Benegas and Matt ...read more