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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BBC Radio Interview

Squash speaks live from Tok Tok, Nepal to BBC Radio Derby on Day One of the expedition. Visit the blog to listen.

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Getting to and leaving Kathmandu

I don’t want to talk about excess baggage!  All I will say is I was a few pounds lighter when I got on the plane and I don’t mean in weight. The flights themselves were great and made all the better because I had a five hour stop over in Abu Dhabi where I met […]

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Ready to go!

I’m all packed and ready to go,  I’m still 22kgs over!  However, I’m going to wear my boots (and look really cool at the airport and on the plane) then that’ll make me only 21kgs over – so it’s not too bad afterall! I’ve been receiving some lovely cards/messages and words.  The support I have […]

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Knickers, Emails & Packing Chaos!

So the big question – How many pairs of Knickers does one take on a trip to climb Mt Everest??? The answer – One pair for each day, obviously!  That’ll be 60 pairs then! As you can see from the photo there’s a very splendid pair of knickers that I’ll be taking with me.  ‘My […]

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Testing kit

I’ve been climbing mountains since 2006 and over the years you learn what works/what doesn’t, what’s good/what isn’t etc.  Kit is a very important and personal thing.   Basically it’s got to work, it’s got to be comfortable and it’s got to be a nice colour so you like it! Some of the kit that I […]

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ExtremeSportsPhoto.com

I feel extremely lucky to have met David Spurdens.  He’s a sports and aviation photographer – a very good one at that. Dave offered me the opportunity to work with him on a photo shoot a few years ago in the Alps and we’ve worked together ever since. It’s like a dream job for me […]

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Going back to School!

  I was really delighted to be asked to return to Ockbrook School, where I spent 15 years of my life, to speak at the Ockbrook School Leavers Association Dinner. In recent years I’ve reflected a lot about who I am and why I am who I am and there’s no doubt my time at […]

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Eating for Everest

Apart from training and kit the other rather large area that I’m focusing on is my diet.  Hmmm food – now here’s a sensitive subject! I think I have been lucky in my life that I’ve always been pretty active and in general can get away with eating what I like, staying healthy and not […]

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In Chamonix with RAB

  I am really excited to be working with RAB and delighted that they are offical sponsors for my upcoming Everest trip.  As you can see from my last post I have been trying and testing some of my RAB kit out here in the Alps.  Just recently I headed over to Chamonix and did […]

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