Category Archives: Asia

A Mountain to Climb: Inspiration and Determination

I’ve had an interest in Everest since as long as I can remember. Not in an “I want to climb it some day” kind of way (I value my life far too much for that, not to mention my hard-earned … Continue reading

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How to ride a camel

I was in two minds about my first experience of riding a camel. On the one hand, I’m (almost) always open to new experiences, especially those that involve a certain amount of action and adventure. I grew up riding horses, … Continue reading

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How hard can desert trekking be? It’s just sand.

If you’re used to trekking up mountains, you might be forgiven that walking in the desert is, well, a walk in the park, but with more sand and less grass. It was actually my biggest fear on booking my trip … Continue reading

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Sun, sand and camels: desert trekking in the Wadi Rum

My trekking experience has been largely confined to mountains, both in summer and winter, but I’ve been toying with the idea of a desert trek for some time now. Inspired by a program about the Atacama Desert and more recently … Continue reading

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Welcome to Jordan! An ode to Zuhair

“Welcome to Jordan!” Our leader said. “It’s a peaceful country, there’ll be no bloodshed. With me the best guide in Jordan you’ve got, So listen to me, and smile a lot! Listen to me, and don’t worry at all, You’re … Continue reading

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Everest Base Camp Part 10: civilisation (sort of)

The last few days of the trip weren’t spectactularly interesting to write about. A fairly quick descent back to Lukla, an afternoon exploring the delights of Lukla (I have to confess to buying biscuits, although I did (just) manage to … Continue reading

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Everest Base Camp Part 9: rats and recalcitrant yaks

Tuesday 31 December A late start this morning with a 7.30am wakeup call. What luxury! The lower altitude obviously was kicking in, as I only woke up once in the night to pee, instead of the usual 4-5 times, which … Continue reading

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