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Articles by Vaughan Sydenham

Last and first steps

By Vaughan Sydenham - 03rd December 2012
in The Himalaya, Guest Bloggers

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Last and first steps

184,999, 185,000….. and last step on the machine! Just 2 days to go until I fly to Kathmandu. It’s come around so quickly and I can’t wait to get going now.  Last minute preparations are nearly complete and most things... Read more

Ama Dablam Base Camp & Beyond

Ama Dablam Base Camp & Beyond

Setting off slightly earlier than usual we head gradually upwards across the Imja Dranka river and open Yak pasture towards the enormous Ama Dablam - such a fantastic sight. As we go higher we have great views of the ... Read more

Onwards and upwards - the trek continues

Onwards and upwards - the trek continues

We stayed overnight in the pretty village of Pangboche where we have stunning views of Ama Dablam. We are lucky enough to have a wonderful sunset casting an alpen glow over what some say is the most beautiful mountain in... Read more

The trek begins…

The trek begins…

Namaste Ama Dablam. "In a thousand ages of the Gods. I could not tell thee of the glories of the Himalayas". What a trip! Let me try and tell you. My expectations of this trek were very high but... Read more

Rum Doodle

Rum Doodle

171,613,  171,614 .......... This week I picked up my first injury since I started training. A rather long session on the stepper induced a really stiff neck for two days which meant some sleepless nights and not being able to drive. I... Read more

The power of goals

By Vaughan Sydenham - 21st September 2012
in The Himalaya, Guest Bloggers

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The power of goals

141,432, 141,433 ....... Sailed through my original target of 116,116 steps with four weeks still to go. With hindsight maybe that target was a bit soft but it certainly did not feel like that 8 weeks ago! I'll keep going with the steps but I... Read more

Pack up your troubles…

By Vaughan Sydenham - 07th September 2012
in The Himalaya, Guest Bloggers

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Pack up your troubles…

Monumental figures .......98,534, 98,535 ......  getting close to 100,000 steps now.  A busy week at work meant I missed a couple of days on the stepper this week, so, feeling a bit guilty about that, I went for an extra push at... Read more

One small step….

By Vaughan Sydenham - 31st August 2012
in The Himalaya, Guest Bloggers

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One small step….

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 ... Read more

Vaughan does Paris

By Vaughan Sydenham - 24th August 2012
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Vaughan does Paris

Scaling the heights ......55,120, 55,121 .....  Less steps this week following a few days with my sons in Paris but nevertheless got plenty of exercise tramping around monuments and up and down Metro station stairs.... Read more

Vaughan's new boots…or not!

Vaughan's new boots…or not!

Them boots were made for walking ......44,824, 44,825 ..... Definitely beginning to feel the benefit of the training now. I am able to do more than 2,500 steps in a single session and still feel relatively fresh at the end.  In fact I... Read more

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