Trek to Everest Base Camp with Macmillan (49 weeks to go)

Sunday 25th November 2012

Training nil! Fitness poor! (However, I have been called into the Health Centre for a check up?!) Mental ability improving!

Hey ho it’s still raining, what a week. The fields are flooded around here and the river is very high. Maybe this weather will only change when the new year comes in, monsoons and hurricanes to come along with twenty feet of snow!! So, I’ve written lots of letters to people asking them if they could support the trek in some way. I am hoping they will see it’s worthwhile supporting this cause.

I went to a talk at a school in Skipton this week, it was essentially about raising money for the boys in the school to go to India next year. It was a good idea. The man who gave the talk told us about the four times he has been to Everest and some of the things that went on. I was relieved when he finally told us he’d made it to the top because much of what else he said included too many phrases that included ‘Injury’ and ‘I’m afraid he died,’ or ‘We rescued him by … or she didn’t….’ The first slide on the screen was of an avalanche speeding towards Base Camp, oh dear……then he told us not to worry it was taken with a big telephoto lens. Relief. I did leave thinking this was to be a little bit more complicated than I first thought. Overall though I was glad I decided to do it. The strangest part of the talk was when he said some climbers didn’t like going over the crevasses on the ladders laid down by the porters. Why?.. because they didn’t like the heights over the gaps. How odd is that. Climbers getting vertigoish crossing the ice.

Interesting facts this week. The money raised by Macmillan last year helped to support 4.9 million people in 2011.Thanks to the hard work of supporters Macmillan increased what was spent on cancer services to a record £105.9 million in 2011. That’s £10 million more than in 2010. Wow. Macmillan have a Support Line free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday-Friday, 9 am-8 pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk.

My Justgiving address is http://www.justgiving.com/Charles-Appleyard.

Have a good week.

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