TREK IN THE FOOTHILLS OF MT EVEREST WITH PAULINE

 

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TREK IN NEPAL FOR NEPAL  2016 –  www.inyourhandscharity.org    

Pauline Sanderson (author and speaker of The World’s Longest Climb) will be leading a two week trip to Nepal which will involve:

  • A spectacular 8 day trek in the foothills of Mt Everest, visiting the famous Tengboche Monastery and Namche Bazaar.
  • Staying at the Sukete Resort on the banks of the River Bhoti Kosi for 2 nights in a luxury camp with the option of rafting.
  • Visiting the Mandala Projects to see how and where your money will be helping to rebuild villages and communities.
  • Guided tours in Kathmandu

COST:£1200 includes everything except international flights, alcohol. tips and 2 evening meals in Kathmandu.

DATE: Arrive in Kathmandu on February 21st/Depart March 6th 2016

Where will that money go? Every penny will be going to either help rebuild Nepal or help Nepalese tourism as Pauline is free!

  • £400 will be going straight to IN YOUR HANDS to distribute directly to building projects during your visit.
  • £800 will be going to Nepalese providers, guides, porters, tea houses, transport, hotels, restuarants etc.

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HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE?  This is not a difficult trek but you need to be comfortable to walk with a light daypack for between 2 hours and 6 hours each day. There are plenty of café stops along the way.

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HOW DO I BOOK?  Glenmore Lodge is Scotland’s National Outdoor Centre with strong links to Nepal and Equator Expeditions who will be the operator in Nepal. They have kindly agreed to act as a booking agent for Equator Expeditions so all you need to do is call Glenmore Lodge or visit their website for full details and ask to book on. www.glenmorelodge.org.uk Tel: 01479 861256

 

IN YOUR HANDS – London Roadshow Report

 

Jo and Pauline at BP in London

Jo and Pauline at BP in London

IN YOUR HANDS - LONDON ROADSHOW REPORT 2015!

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What a week!

Jo and Pauline went around London offices and schools promoting In Your Hands to help rebuild Nepal. Everybody was so welcoming and supportive and GENEROUS!

Pauline presented her EVERESTMAX talk and the audiences were incredibly receptive and seemed to have a great time listening to her share stories about everything from bad toilet moments to all time highs. Jo was there to make sure it all happened and get some international live links going when we were at BP…yes IYH went live to Houston and elsewhere. Who would have thought such a small charity would go global so soon! :)

 

Team Ellis Brigham

Team Ellis Brigham

Team Schrodders

Team Schrodders

Yeam Collyer Bristow

Yeam Collyer Bristow

 

 

 

 

 

We still have not got a final total for the amount raised  from ticket sales, donations, book sales, the auction and pledges but we are fairly sure we will be well over the £20 000 mark before long. That equates to either 4 new schools or nearly 70 new homes! BRILIANT!

Team Hardy

Team Hardy

Team Sydenham High School

Team Sydenham High School

Team BP

Team BP

 

 

 

 

 

We need to thank so many people but in particular the following:

Mark Ramsden who is the Director of Grafika who has designed our website for free. If you are reading this, please take time to acknowledge how generous this website is as a donation and essential tool for any charity.

Sally Bessada who has worked on our On-line Auction since July. She is the human behind the on-line cyber world and has rescued Jo and Pauline by being so switched on and giving her time.

Martyn Mills from Berrison for designing and printing all the flyers that promoted the Trek to Nepal and the on-line auction. Essential!!

Of course there are all the teams and people who made each event happen:

Ellis Brigham, Dulwich Prep School, Collyer Bristow, Schrodders, BP, Sydenham High School and Mr and Mrs Hardy. THANKYOU!

 

We are now about to launch a new initiative for schools so watch this space. It will be a way to make a huge difference and make Nepal an even better place that it was before the earthquake for so many.

THANKYOU!!!!!

 

Lathallan School and ‘Team Greenland’

 

I was invited my James Woodhouse – Head of Outdoor Education – to do my Everestmax presentation to a mix of students, parents and teachers with an age range of 4 to the over 60’s and lets leave it at that.

Mr Woodhouse is leading a student trip to Greenland this summer as well as having camping trips for 6 year olds so having adventures is very much on the curriculum.

What a wonderful school. It is like a big family and I felt very at home and welcome. The response to my talk was brilliant and I am very grateful for all the positive feedback and it is always a joy when people buy my book too!

 

Mr Toley, the Headmaster and his team have a great deal to be proud of. Thanks for the opportunity.

 

 

 

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Duke of Edinburgh Volunteers are Fab!

I was more than pleased to be asked to come and do my talk for the Volunteer Leaders for the Duke of Edinburgh at their 2015 Annual Conference. What a great bunch of people who give so much of their time to make sure the next generation benefit from all this award can offer. I am a huge fan of the Award and of course it goes without saying ….the volunteers!

 

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Kendal Mountain Festival…..Brilliant!

The Kendal Mountain Festival was a roaring success from the start in the moonlit opening ceremony in the streets of Kendal to the pizza and beer on the Sunday night for the volunteer and organising team.

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I felt very proud to be part of the team and ended up introducing the mountaineering, climbing and Family groups of films.  It did mean I got to see loads of great films and walk away with a spring in my step and inspired to do more adventures.

 

I was particulary impressed with the Film Active initiative that has been launched to inspire young people to get involved in adventure through film making. The first awards will be given at next years event. All the information is there on the website http://www.mountainfest.co.uk/film-active

As for my good friend Steve Scott, this picture is what is looks like for a brave, elite sportsman and director of KMF, when they know they are about to turn 50! Happy Birthday Steve…welcome to my world!!!

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Motivational Talk for AIRBUS

Airbus Team

Airbus Team

AIRBUS PROGRESS BUSINESS PROJECT HAMBURG
I had a FANTASTIC time presenting her motivational talk to 120 young, talented and fun team at Airbus in Hamburg. Many laughs were had especially when one delegate asked if I had a ‘daughter’. I has reached the stage when the audience are young enough to be her kids!

I sold out of books which was great!

The best 50th ever!

dancing with phil

dancing with phil

I turned 50 this September and had a weekend packed with friends and family. We had a bar-bq on Friday night ( the rain stopped as the bbq started), then Dodge Ball for a group of 60 of us with an age range of 5 to 59! Brilliant! Then the party which was GREASE and everybody looked FAB! I got to sing my gorgeous husband a funny love song – much to his surprise and thanks to  my great freinds the band Tail End Charlie, my brother Robert and my mum and I managed to do a version of Footloose that got the whole room jumping.

Most of my fabulous family

Most of my fabulous family

We started Sunday morning with groups going off walking, biking and making bows and arrows in the woods before cake and champagne in the sunshine.

Most of my fabulous family

Most of my fabulous family

 

I can’t thanks my family and friends enough for my perfect party where they are the reason I have had 50 fabulous years!!!!

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Saying Goodbye!

 

Pauline's last lead at Smiths

Pauline’s last lead at Smiths

Mixed emotions about our last week. Excited about going home, ecstatic that our 12 months here over the last 2 years has been beyond brilliant but sad to say goodbye.

Our last ride from Sisters

Our last ride from Sisters

We made our way back from Canada but stopped off Leavenworth to break the journey and Smith’s Rock area as that is where our journey started properly 2 years ago. We managed to get a few climbs and bike rides in before making our way back to the true start of our journey….TINA!

Tina and I started our relationship through the internet when we bought Yogi and our camper from her company (SUMMIT RV). Both of us hoped that the other really existed as I had handed over thousands of pounds without having met her in the hope she would have a truck and camper for us when we flew in. Well, talk about over delivery! She picked us up from the airport and welcomed us into her home for the next two years. When we arrived on Friday night, it felt like we were coming home to old friends.

True to form, Tina had arranged some entertainment with her gang whom we have now met on a couple of occasions and are just great! They are just a bunch for fun loving welcoming people who love fishing, diving …………and beer! Tina had arranged the ultimate fun combination as far as we were concerned – a micro brewery crawl on a communal bike for 12 people!!! Awesome dude!!! All of us pedal and our guide steers us to about 8 different pubs where we have time to have a drink before ringing the bell on the bike and making lots of noise to make sure everybody knew we were going/coming/arriving. It was just a brilliant night and everybody was on top form…including all the strangers we called and sang to in the street as we passed by. We need to bring this to the UK!! Tina and Vito have a great bunch of friends.

The Bike & Beer Transport. FANTASTIC!

The perfect booze cruise transport!

 

The Girls before the Beer & Bike tour

The Girls before the Beer & Bike tour

Close up of our pedal bar

Close up of our pedal bar

The weekend was not over there as we were treated to a trip to the coast with Tina and Vito in Vito’s HUGE truck which is a treat in itself. The Oregon coast is famous for its rugged beauty and we got to see it first hand. We nearly went salmon fishing as Vito is a bit of a guru in this department but conditions took that option away but it meant we had more time for more eating and drinking which seemed to suit us just great especially as Vito and the gang have caught a freezer full of stunning fish and they know how to cook it – wow did we eat well !

Thr 'fab 4' on the coast

 

I think Tina & Vito were the icing on the cake to an amazing experience. Our mission is to convince them to visit us in the UK so we can hopefully get to see them again before too long and return their wonderful hospitality.

Tina & Vito having a 'sunset moment'

Vito & Tina having a ‘sunset moment’ at home

Tina & Pauline having a 'girlie:wine' moment. Girlfriends rock!

Tina & Pauline having a ‘girlie:wine’ moment. Girlfriends rock!

 

Lakes / Roads / Goats

Pauline leading a climb at Grassi Lakes

Pauline leading a climb at Grassi Lakes

Our final day in Canmore and the Lake Louise area was spent at one of our favourite crags, Grassi Lakes. Why? The lakes! Crystal clear and translucent water which seemed to change with the weather, quite gorgeous. Oh, and the climbing was awesome too. Our boots seemed to stick to the rock and not a polished foot hold in the entire place. To celebrate the end of a good week I found it neccessary to go for a swim in the glacier lake….. for about 30 seconds! Chilly is an understaetment but it kept Phil giggling and the small crowd of trekkers on the beach as I obviously make all the noises any middle aged woman would make doing something that hurts with no need to hide the pain.

Phil managed to snap this shot of Pauline in Grassi Lake before she got out aft 5 seconds

Phil managed to snap this shot of Pauline in Grassi Lake before she got out aft 5 seconds

 

Back on the road and it was a gorgeous trip through to a small, and I mean small place called Slocan in the Kookenay National Park. The drive over had stunning scenery and due to the heat we had compulsory ice cream stop offs. We had to stop to sleep on the way over and unfortunately chose a mosquito night club. They doubled up as ninja mosquitos that managed to get into our van and chew us to bits for most of the night. The worst night sleep for both of us on this trip. However, by the time we got to Slocan all was forgotten as we pulled into a quite simply charming wooded, quiet and clean campsite where we slept like babies for 11 hours the next night.

Camp in front of Gimli Ridge

Camp in front of Gimli  South Ridge

Our goal in this area was to climb Gimli  South Ridge which is a North American Top 100 classic and a Fred Becky top 50 classic. It involved a 2 hours drive in on gravel/unpaved road, a 2 hour walk in, a camp, 8 pitch climb, long steep scramble descent. It was stunning! However, there were a few challenging aspects to our wee expedition. First we needed bear spray which meant Phil practicing his quick draw skills at camp. Next we needed to take Sheldon our beloved van, off -road knowing we are going to put him on the sale in a few weeks and he still had to get us back to Oregon. Finally, we had to buy chicken wire to protect Sheldon’s undercarriage from porcupines. This was not a problem, but watching Phil spend an hour building the equivalent of For Knox was a tad challenging after an hour.

The porcupines didn't have a chance

The porcupines didn’t have a chance

That all said, the drive in was nail biting but Phil did great and Sheldon only lost the runner from the side of the van on a big boulder that got in the way. No porcupines got to even sniff Sheldon’s under carriage and the worst encounter with wildlife we had was an all night sound track of wild goats as they chewed stones and jumped on the boulders right next to our tent from dusk till dawn. When we got up at 5am is when the goats decided to chill out and lie down. Phil just turned to all 6 of them and said ‘NOW! Now you decide to chill out?!’ Oh how I tittered.

the perfect outdoor loo with a view

the perfect outdoor loo with a view

 

 

enjoying the view from the loo

enjoying the view from the loo

 

 

 

 

 

The walk in through ancient forests was stunning and as we came up to the clearing we could see what all the fuss was about. We had the whole place to ourselves ( well apart from the goats). We had supper and the sunset was like fire in the sky. Gorgeous. Then the flies came so we retreated to our one man tent to get ‘cosy’.

camp at Gimli

camp at Gimli

Phil leading on Gimli

Phil leading on Gimli

Selfy on top

Selfy on top

going down

going down

sunset on GimliWe were up at 5am for breakfast and an early start as the day was forecast to be in the mid 30’s. The climb itself ranged in grades from 5.7 to 5.10a. Each pitch was perfect and the rock was bomber for hands and feet. The scramble down was steep, and loose underfoot but the walk back through the woods was lovely in the Alpine flowers. There was no denying, by the time we were back at Fort Knox, we were pretty tired. Just the drive out…..not quite as nail biting as the drive in but close and then we could taste the cold beer and feel the coolness of Slocan Lake for a swim. All this lovely daydreaming stopped when we were  15 km from the main road when we came to a wooden bridge that was there on the way up. It had gone and the construction workers were on the other side of the river. Oops. We can’t deny we had seen a warning sign that there would be work on the bridge but so had another 5 car loads of trekkers who had also chosen to risk it and ignore it. We had no air con in our van, we were in the middle of a forest and in a heat wave. OOPS!

oops, where has the bridge gone

oops, where has the bridge gone

A man came across the river in big boots and reflective jacket. He was so nice and of course I could hardly get cross at him, so I just saw the funny side of it with him. I think he was a bit surprised and thanked me for my sense of humour….now there’s a first, somebody liked my humour! He promised to have the bridge in a fit enough state to get across and out by early afternoon the next day. I just needed to break the news to Phil. He was remarkably cool about it as we both knew it was our own fault and set to work on making our mosquito door net a perfect fit. We had food, water and shelter plus a river. We ended up being really uncomfortable in the heat for a few hours and just sitting in the river which was not good for a swim but made a great setting for dinner as we sat on rocks and our feet in the water.

Two other cars turned up and left their cars there as they were more local than us so they got a lift or hitched out.

The next day came and true to his word, the bridge was ready for us to go across by 2pm. Glen, the boss had come and joined us for lunch and he too had a chevvy van and we had a good giggle about life and vans. He invited us to his home that was en route for us for a few beers that night. What a nice guy.

The art of log walking on Slocan Lake

The art of log walking on Slocan Lake

First stop after our night in the forest was Slocan Lake. What a fab place. This is not a town, more of a village spread over a mile square with the friendliest people on earth. They also have a beach at the head of a 27 mile long lake which is stunning with a log framed swimming area and dive board. There was always about 5 families there so never crowded. I had a presonal challenge to walk the length of the logs to the diving board without falling off. Phil and I tried but it was impossible to do without falling off as the logs roll but what a laugh trying. I was laughing ‘with’ Phil, not ‘at’ him honestly.  A 5 year old boy managed to prove me wrong as he almost skipped the length of the log giving me top tips at the same time!.

Having a great night with Glen and Ruth

Having a great night with Glen and Ruth

 

Next stop, a few beers at Glen’s place. Glen and his partner Ruth, who is an organic market gardener, lived in a stunning place by the Kootney River.  We arrived and immediately relaxed into their world…Phil didn’t even lock the van!!! We had a couple of cold beers and then wandered down to their beach on the river by their house. Glen casually said that they tend to go skinny dipping rather than bother with costumes. I immediately thought Phil would freak so by the time we were at the river, I was first to undress but leave my pants on to make sure Phil felt comfortable to do the same. As I was getting in, a naked man flashed past me and it was Phil! Well….. didn’t I feel the prude. So, here we were naked in a Canadian river with 2 near strangers, stunning scenery and a bald eagle flies over us and then an osprey. What a cool evening!

The night went on and the chat was non stop with two great people. Another lucky meeting and a chance to confirm how lovely people are in this part of the world.

We are now working our way back to Tina in Oregon on our final week of this amazing trip.

 

Hot / Cold / Rockies

Has a member of Team SKY gone AWOL in Canada?

Has a member of Team SKY gone AWOL in Canada?

We have had heat waves of upper 30’s followed by thunder storms with hail and a down pour. As we know, there is no such thing as bad weather….only bad gear. Despite that, we have managed to play every day as no weather condition seems to last too long….apart from the heat which saw us suffer a bit. Like anybody cares that we have suffered….we know!

Revelstoke campsite

Revelstoke campsite

Our stay in Revelstoke was en route to Banff and the Rockies along the Trans Canadian Highway  (TCH). Great stop off as the swimming, climbing and biking were great. Having a constant source of cold water to swim in was the best! We even did a couple of climbs that were virtually in the lake. You need to abseil down to the base of the climb from the top of the cliff and somebody has very kindly put a wooden ledge a couple of feet above the water as a platform to belay from. So the climbing was stunning both lake side and in the woods.

Phil at the base of Gilligan Islands' climb

Phil at the base of Gilligan Islands’ climb

The biking one night was your perfect Canadian scene with snow capped mountains, a lake and Alpine glow sunset. It also acted as a perfect recce for one of our camps. Did I mention the beer and crisps are becoming a necessary part of our evening, post exercise routine? Our other ride up Mt Revelstoke was great because it was in a Park area and closed to traffic after 6pm so we had it to oursleves. The down side was it was 27km uphill through the forests. Great downhill though!

Phil at the base of Gilligan Islands' climb

A Revelstoke ride

Phil enjoying our post excercise routine

Phil enjoying our post exercise supplements

Next stop Canmore, Banff and Lake Louise. We managed to find  camp next to  a herd of elk with at least 8 calves. They seemed very curious and hung out with us for most of the evening. The kids kicked off as we were going to sleep and their whining, which sounded like a squeaking door on steriods was comical……well for the first 20 mins then I just wanted to get them to have some Benidol. Lat week we fell to sleep to a pack of wolves that were either having a night out at karaoke or a big argument. What a great way to go to sleep, as long as you felt safe in a tin van.

our neighbours for the night...elk

our neighbours for the night…elk

The wild life continued with a close up sighting of a grizzly bear on one of our bike rides on Tunnel Mountain in Banff area and of course deer, goats and the ever ready chipmunks are everywhere. The bear was obviously my favourite and I stopped for 5 mins just to watch him…at a distance.

Bear from a bike....do they run fast?

Bear from a bike….do they run fast?

chipmonk - too cute to ignore

chipmunk – too cute to ignore

These deer do all this unroped!

These goats do all this unroped!

Who named this Lake?

Who named this Lake?

 

We did a great ride to Moraine Lake in Lake Louise and went climbing too. Both were absolutely stunning due to the colour and clarity of the water and the mountain backdrop.

Lake Louise walk-in to the crags

Morraine Lake

Compulsory lovey dovey photo at Morraine Lake

Compulsory lovey dovey photo at Morraine Lake

The climbing was by far the most pumpy so far so just as well it came at this stage in our trip but on great rock! Loved it!! I should just call Phil Popey.

Climbers on a neighbouring route in Lake Louise

Climbers on a neighbouring route in Lake Louise

Lake Louise - stunning

Lake Louise – stunning

The thousands of people that go through this area each day is amazing ( funny ehough they don’e feature in our photos) but somehow it doesn’t feel crowded outside the allocated viewing spots where the masses congregate. It is wonderful that everybody from toddler to zimmer can get access to these amazing scenic areas and those who want to find remoteness can do that too.

Thats it for now folks!