Category Archives: Nepal

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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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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Everest Base Camp Part 8: altitude sickness, magic berries and death

Sunday 29 December (contd.) On the way back from Everest Base Camp to Gorak Shep, I think we all felt pretty tired, and my blood sugars were running a little low, so I didn’t really think too much about the … Continue reading

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Everest Base Camp Part 7: The final push!

Saturday 28 December Woke up this morning feeling absolutely dreadful, with a cold, fever and high blood sugar levels. My big toenail was completely black and agony. My spirits were pretty low, since I know tomorrow is the big day … Continue reading

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Everest Base Camp Part 6: acclimatisation is a polite word for torture

Friday 27 December At our teahouse in Dingboche I have a fabulous corner room which not only gets the sun most of the day (warming it up nicely) but also has fabulous views. On the downside, having two outside walls … Continue reading

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The Highest Classroom

The week after I got back from Everest Base Camp, I caught an interview on BBC Breakfast with a couple of the teenagers who’d also been on the almost exact same trip for a challenge called “The Highest Classroom on … Continue reading

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