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!
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
Squash speaks live from Tok Tok, Nepal to BBC Radio Derby on Day One of the expedition. Visit the blog to listen.
I went along to have a chat with Phil Trow on BBC Radio Derby about the expedition, you can hear it here …and BBC 1 did this news item about the trip, you can see it here
Over the next few weeks I will be adding more and more information regarding the expedition and progress. So if you would like to keep up with what is happening make sure come back here from time to time!