Gareth Peel, from Flight Centre in Bristol, changed his attitude forever in the Australian outback
"Our guide stopped the minibus to pick up some kangaroo road-kill for that night's barbie. The kangaroo had a tiny baby joey and guess who his new mummy was going to be? Me! I had to keep the poor little fella up my jumper for the next three hours to keep him warm until we reached a rescue centre. I have an unwavering urge to climb things and it was hard for me to resist the huge red rock of Uluru. But my two days exploring the wonders of the outback, hearing dreamtime stories and appreciating my natural surroundings, made me see how abhorrent that would be to the Aborigines. For the first time, I put my own tourist desire to one side out of respect."
Gareth's reaction: "I've done the Machu Picchu trail and I lived in Bolivia for a few months so I've spent a bit of time at altitude, but Machu Picchu is nothing compared to Everest. I've been in the gym every day since I had my interview, using the climbing machine. I'm changing my diet too; you want to be looking up and enjoying the views, not gasping for breath!"
Today has been like heaven…
The reason we’re here, the big one, Everest Base Camp or EBC for those in the know…
Our Teahouse was a hive of activity this morning
More hot air than you’d expect in a cool environment…
A day exploring Kathmandu before the big trek begins tomorrow!
Base Camp isn’t that impressive, the climb is actually very easy….
Less than two weeks to go. Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, arghhhh, argh! This blog is supposed to be 300 words long. I could fill it with a lot of “arghs” trust me.
Everest, the highest point on this entire planet … Wow!The word alone conjures up images of death defying feats of bravery and physical hardship. Its brilliant blue skies, imposing dark rock and snow covered slopes are easy to visualise. However I’m sat in my kitchen writing this with a cup of tea and a couple of ginger nuts and I cant quite believe that in less than two months time I’m going to be looking up at the famous peak. Maybe I should lay off the ginger nuts? There’s ...