The Realisation of a Deep Desire
The fascination for Everest started 10 years ago.
In 2012 I booked a trip with Explore to the Himalayas Nepal called The Everest Teahouse Trail, where you trek along the foothills of Everest and stay in tea houses which are small basic hostels.
Due to bad weather we were unable to fly to Lukla from Kathmandu airport, so we were taken by coach to the other side of the Himalayas called the Annapurna region, it was beautiful and I had an amazing time.
Whilst there I wanted to meet an Everest summiteer, the tour leaders tried to find me one, but it was not to be.
When I returned home I looked on You Tube and there was a spectacular panorama on the top of Everest taken by a man called Tim Mosedale, and after the video it showed he had a B&B in Keswick in the Lake District, there and then I thought I’ve got to meet him.
Two years on my friend Marilyn Hart and I went up to keswick stayed at Tim’s B&B and climbed Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England, with him.
Tim is a 4 times Everest summiteer and it’s him who is leading the Everest expedition that I’m going on tomorrow.
Tim is a photographer extraordinaire, as he’s taking a special camera to the top of Everest to get a unique panorama.
Also there are 2 people going on the trip that I followed last year’s expedition Ellis J Stewart and Alex Staniforth, but no one climbed Everest last year due to there being a tragic accident where 16 Sherpas were killed by an avalanche.
Alex will be the youngest Brit to climb Everest on the south side, and Ellis is following a 20 year dream to climb ‘the hill’ as it’s fondly called, and I’ve just heard the fantastic news that he’s now got sponsorship.
I’ve spent 7 months preparing this trip, and it’s been an amazing culmination of events, that have all finally come together.
I’ve got all the right equipment, from my category 4 special sunglasses, top of the range Leki poles, down sleeping bag and jacket to a shewee.
It’s the culmination of a dream, and in a way feels like I’m going to meet my soulmate, and know I will have to kiss Everest when I meet him in person.
But as we all know it’s not the getting there, it’s the going there.
This amazing experience called life is about the journey, not the destination and I know for sure I’m having one helluva ride.
See you all in a month. I will be posting on my status when there’s wifi.
Love as always