Commencing Countdown Engines On

We’ve certainly taken our protein pills and will shortly be putting helmets on and well .. you know the rest of the lyrics. Thank you DB.

Following six months of planning, preparation, training, diet, medical examinations, inoculations and endless purchasing of clothing and equipment we have arrived at departure weekend. The expanding pile of “stuff” that has accumulated over the past weeks dwarfs the bag in which it should be travelling and it’s with excitement and trepidation that we start to squeeze everything into pint sized compression sacks and discard the things we really don’t need after all.

Each of us has acheived goals relating to fitness, cardio, endurance and weight and we have trained in many different ways. Today saw our final session on the Tower at Camana Bay followed by coffee at Bruno’s and it’s at this time that we reflect on what’s to come, the adventure, the people we meet, the friends we make, the sights, the sounds, the silence and the wondrous experience of the high mountains of the Himalaya. Truth be told, we really don’t know what to expect at all but more importantly, how will we feel when we return in a month.

I confided to a friend over lunch that whilst the trek will be arduous I am somewhat nervous with aspects of the climb to which he replied “that’s the adventure, if you weren’t nervous you may as well go to Miami”. So .. we’re going to the Himalayas.

 

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Henry taking it seriously ice climbing on Les Grandes Montes

 

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The final Tower assault … we will miss the many friends we have met on the early morning tower sessions
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and the post training coffee at Bruno’s

 

Cayman style

Training at sea level for a Himalaya expedition requires a level of creativity.

Craig takes to the soft sand for some hard early morning trekking and discovers a true Turtle Trekker has left her mark

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Hang on ….. is that a backpack or a lunch kit Marcos is carrying?

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Marcos takes to the sea and pulls a tasty dish

 

 

             Vico is seen out and about on his trusty steed

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…. and Henry is testing his mountain gear on the high seas

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Rock skills Brac style

Turtle Trekkers were Brac bound in August to brush up on rock climbing and rappelling skills to prepare for Imja Tse where the summit push ice walls will be testing.

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Angel, our fabulous instructor, guided us through a grueling and worthwhile day on the Bluff. A fabulous experience even if we weren’t heading to Nepal.

 

 

 

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First blood falls to Shetty

 

 

 

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An unexpected journey

Vico has assembled an unlikely band of aging comrades to tackle a journey from our tiny island to the roof of the world for a memorable Himalayan adventure.

Our 26 days in the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal will take us to the Everest region through high passes and the three spectacular Himalayan valleys of Gokyo, Khumbu and Imja. Along the way we take in Gokyo lakes, Gokyo Ri, the Himalayan traverse of Chola Pass, Everest Base camp and Kala Pathar before scaling Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse at, 6,189m. Imja Tse lies just to the south of Everest with spectatcular views of the surrounding peaks and panoramas.

We are travelling with a local company Mountain Monarch Adventures.

Please join Vico, Marcos, Craig, Shetty, Henry, Barry and Keith on this most unexpected of journeys:

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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