Confessions of a very unnatural expeditionista
How come a luxury loving Edinburgh girl used to reading the Sunday papers in cafes comes to be camping at 5050 metres in Hidden valley, Nepal?
Madness? True love? A desire to push myself outside my comfort zone?
This is a tough challenge but I’m quite proud of myself and very grateful to a lovely group of natural experditionistas who have been so warm and supportive. Thanks to lovely Damien who has been a rock of support, Simon and Salley the wise expedition leaders, Chris and Neil (love his singing and high spirits), Sue and kind doctor Carol, Stuart (owe him a beer for his kindness on the roped section of mountain), Refika, Sven and Jenny.
Chhungba and Serky and all the Sherpa and porters have been amazing.
Challenges faced thus far:-
· Sleeping in tent for two weeks (I have or perhaps better to say used to have mild claustrophobia!)
· Finding leeches in tent
· Huffing and puffing up to French Pass 5360 metres to get to Hidden valley base camp(rewarded by stunning scenery)
· Dropped head torch down loo in freezing temperatures (yippee no leeches)
· Two scary (for me) roped sections of the mountain
Yes, I am glad I came but the next holiday will be a city break! Facing a lot of fears at once deserves a bit of home comfort rewards.