One small step….
By Vaughan Sydenham
77,031, 77,032 ...... these are very small steps indeed but are hopefully taking me ever closer to being as fit as I want to be. I'm trying put in at least one session a day now and in the last few days up to around an hour at a time with 4 to 5,000 steps. An hour is a long time to spend on a stepper machine so I'm using my I-Pod to provide some inspiration and distraction. Hopefully that won't be needed on trek!
This weekend saw the passing of one of my childhood heroes - Neil Armstrong. President Obama, paying tribute, wrote of the power of one small step and that also reminded me of all those Everest heroes I have read about over the years, taking their final steps towards the summit. I'm really looking forward to my flight around Everest and getting a unique view of the summit as well as the excellent views that the trek will bring.
My Nepal visa arrived back safely on Friday - I can't fault the turn around time at just 5 days door to door thanks to the visa agency I used (CIBT). Well worth the extra cost for peace of mind.
Planning for a trek is always part of the fun and I've started to gather my kit together now so I can start to make a list of things I still need. The MK trip dossier is a great starting point but there will always be those little extras that you'll want to add. Its nice to take a few photos of your family and where you live to show the trek staff - they are always fascinated to see where you come from. I also like to take a Frisbee for a little light entertainment with the porters at the end of the day - they always have much more energy left than do! I'm toying with the idea of taking a kite this year as I think it would be rather good fun to fly against the back drop of a Himalayan landscape. I can remember watching kids flying tiny kites above the roofs of Kathmandu - they had these huge reels with lines that took the kites hundreds of metres into the sky - caused some almighty tangles!