It hardly seems like 2 years since I took part in the Everest
Base Camp (EBC) Trek when friends, business associates and family raised over £3,000 for Cancer Research.
I’m returning to Nepal in May 2018 for a 13 day trek to Annapurna
Base Camp which sits at 4,131m (13,553ft).
Although I had trained hard on a treadmill for EBC I learned that I hadn’t really done the right kind of training. I picked up a knee injury in 2016 very early on which meant I had to wear a knee brace from the third day
onward. I wasn’t able to hike back down from EBC because of my knee but fortunately my insurance covered an amazing helicopter ride.
This time my training regime has been very different. For the last 12 months I have spent a lot more days on rocky terrain in Derbyshire, The Lake District and Snowdonia. I have gradually built up the weight in my back pack to 30lb (13.6kg) walking up to 12 miles a day.
Building my fitness and stamina will be key to dealing with high altitude.
I am very grateful to Ellie Pocock (personal trainer) for her support and also to Kirstie Young (acupuncturist & sports masseur) who mends me when I’m broken. Also to Fiona and my black lab Stephen who put up with me moaning about my aches and pains.
When people ask me to support them in their charitable work I look at the amount of dedication and effort that they have had to put in. I hope that you will recognise this if you choose to support me in my trek for this fantastic cause.
Very few of our lives have not been touched by cancer in some way.
Last time I was in Nepal I got sketchy WiFi. When I saw your donations and messages on Just Giving it literally propelled me up the mountain - so a big thank you!
I have raised the bar this year with a goal of £3500 so please do what you can to help me smash this target to bits.