Nepal - Everest Marathon - November 2005

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

back from 2 weeks Everest Trekking

Just arrived back in Namche after an amazing 2 weeks trekking. It has to be one of the toughest things I have ever done, but also one of the best.

We have been camping mainly, and I am now a dab hand at tent organisation, and packing up even at 6am with frozen hands, and empty stomach. The reason for the early starts, is that the porters carry our kit bags, pack up the tents and move on to the next camp whilst we are all having breakfast. They are unbelieveable guys, tiny, tough and uncomplaining sleeping outside, and carrying loads of 30kg plus on their heads, plus own kit! Puts us all to shame carrying a tiny day sack by comparison.

Health issues aside ( I have had everything you can possibly hope not to get), it has been a great trip. The view have been spectacular, I look up and can see Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Everest, Nupste, Island Peak you name it, it's there. The highest I got to was about 4,900m, which was amazing. The air is quite thin at that altituse, and everything is an effort.

My team, who were nicknamed the "duffers" by the other two groups, turned out to be a great bunch, with some outstanding athletes. The actual marathon was yesterday and deserves an entry in its own right, which I shall do in due course, but suffice it to say we had some of the best race results from our groups. No major problems, the odd knee and ankle sprain, and no need for heroics!

Will write more plus photos when I have more time & money in Kathmandu!

Fina

2 Comments:

  • hiya mum we are all missing you lots and lots hope you had a good time up mount everest me and oli are going to the big rhapsody thing from Rachel oli nick

    nick is to yong to go to the gig thing you no

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Nov 23, 09:36:00 AM 2005  

  • Hi Fina!

    Wow! It really looks like you are having an amazing - if somewhat challenging time. A friend at work has just got back from trekking in Nepal and it really sounds like an awe inspiring place. What a great experience for you, though probably best you didn't try to compete against the locals...

    Well done - we are looking forward to catching up and hearing more soon.

    Lots of love,

    Toby and Lucy

    By Anonymous Toby and Lucy, at Tue Nov 29, 12:06:00 AM 2005  

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