Post at Base Camp!

The last thing in the world I was expecting was post at base camp. Then a few days ago I was in my tent and I heard someone call my name, I looked out my tent and said, ‘Here I am!’ and a sherpa from another teamcame over to me, smiling, and held out a […]

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Toilet Issues

A very common question I get asked is, ‘What is the toilet situation on the mountain?’. Basically it’s this. At base camp there is a toilet tent.  That is, a tent around a built up area that has a blue barrel in the middle of it.  One squats over the barrel, it’s private, it’s fine. […]

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First trip to Camp One

To get to Camp One you have to climb through the Khumbu ice fall.  The Khumbu ice fall looks like a giant Eton Mess – without the fruit.  It is a huge glacier that is full of crevasses, ice and snow.  Some of the blocks of ice are the size of buildings. A team of […]

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What we’ve been up to….

After we arrived in base camp some of the people from the trekking group came to visit us for lunch!  I was especially delighted to see Beccy and Rob who share my love for ridiculous poses on rocks! The next day we spent some time checking and preparing our climbing gear and had a morning […]

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Bless my Knickers!

Before any climb a Puja is held – a Puja is a traditional sherpa ceremony where kit is blessed and prayers are said for a safe climb and return.  It begins in a calm fashion but soon descends into drinking and throwing riceand flour everywhere – obviously!  

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What’s taking so long??

The reason mountains take weeks, even months to climb is because you have to go through a process called acclimatization – where the body gets used to the lack of oxygen in the air.  (I wrote about this process a few blogs ago). In order to acclimatize, very basically, you go up and down, each […]

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Home Sweet Home

One of the reasons I was excited to get to base camp was because we each have our own tent and no longer have to pack up each night and pack up each morning to move somewhere new. We arrived at base camp on Friday afternoon (8th April).  Within about two hours I’d made home.  […]

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Almost at Base Camp!!

It’s just over a week since we flew into Lukla and later today we will do the final part of the trek to reach base camp.  Last night we stayed in Gorak Shep (5,140m).  Getting to Base Camp itself is no easy task.  I think because it’s called ‘base camp’ it somehow doesn’t sound very […]

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The Trek to Basecamp

We were up really early to fly from Kathmandu to Lukla – the airport is mad.  Despite the apparent total chaos of bags and people everywhere we all managed to get, with our kit, to Lukla. The runway at Lukla is something else – have a look on you tube at it…  It’s on the […]

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