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Towering above the Khumbu - Ama Dablam!

Avalanches, Ama Dablam and Anniversaries

I have been back from Berlin for just over one week, which has been very busy with interviewing expeditions for Miss Hawley and the Himalayan Database. Most teams have come safe and sound back from Cho Oyu and Manaslu, the sixth and eighth highest peaks in the…

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Thank you, Berlin!

Last weekend, I had the pleasure to take part in the 40th edition of the Berlin Marathon, which was an amazing event. The Germans certainly know how to party and first of all I would like to thank the people of Berlin for their enthusiasm and participation…

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Running in the dust

Kathmandu Marathon – ‘It’s like running with a cigarette in your mouth’

Last Saturday, my friend Richard and I were brave enough to enter the Kathmandu marathon, or rather the half marathon as doing the full distance in this mad traffic would have been suicidal. After the race, I wrote a story for the Guardian's Running Blog, which you…

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Read more about the article Silently striding through Kathmandu’s strike
Not a car in sight on the otherwise extremely busy road

Silently striding through Kathmandu’s strike

It's all a matter of timing; if you get it right, you can actually enjoy a jog on the Ring Road. When I woke up at 5 o’clock this morning, I noticed that something was different. It was quiet. You would have thought that this was quite…

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Read more about the article Challenging Marathon Training
This is what running can be like near Kathmandu if you get out

Challenging Marathon Training

Just when I thought the monsoon rains had stopped, they have come back with a vengeance, which makes my marathon training a bit more challenging. Even though jogging in the green hills surrounding the Kathmandu valley is gorgeous, especially in the post-monsoon season when everything is lush…

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Read more about the article Summer in Germany – Post-Monsoon in Kathmandu
Sticking my head into the Sibelius monument in Helsinki.

Summer in Germany – Post-Monsoon in Kathmandu

I was just about to write that the monsoon in Kathmandu was on its final leg, when I noticed that my last entry was about the looming monsoon! Maybe I should just stop writing about the weather and find more interesting stories to tell. A few days…

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Suze and I are obviously up to something while Miss Hawley is posing

Monsoon is looming

I have been back in Kathmandu for just over two weeks and life in the mountains seems far away. The change from tranquillity and clean air of the Everest region to the dust and hustle and bustle in the Nepali capital sometimes seems too quick – especially…

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Hardworking Sherpas

I am sitting in my tent reflecting on what has been quite an eventful morning. First of all I would like to talk about our Sherpas, four of which fixed the rope to Nuptse to about 200m below the summit on Thursday. When Russell talked to them…

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At Camp 2

This is just another quick update to let you know that the Nuptse team has been at Camp 2 at 6,400m for the past three days to acclimatise and maybe make use of a weather window to attempt for the summit of this beautiful but humbling mountain.…

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Waiting…

This is just a quick update from Gorak Shep, where I have just dropped down from Base Camp to do some emailing. I have completely recovered and I am now back at the Himex camp waiting for the route to Nuptse to be opened. Life has been…

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Thank you

This is just a very quick message to thank all of you for all your lovely and encouraging messages, which mean a lot to me. And they have helped. I am feeling a lot better, my sats are up to 87 and my pulse is back down…

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Lesson Learnt

I am sitting in the Himalayan Hotel in Pheriche - even though I should be either at Everest Base Camp or on my way up Lobuje East. Well, I guess I am having to pay for my arrogance of thinking that I could make it to Everest…

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The easy way up

This is just a quick update to let you know that I left the smog and heat of Kathmandu behind and have arrived in the Everest region. I have had an unusually fast trip as I got the chance to take a helicopter to Phortse, which lies…

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Read more about the article Getting ready for the mountains
An amazing man - Yuichiro Miura on his way to becoming the oldest person to climb Everest.

Getting ready for the mountains

It's Easter and even though there are no Easter bunnies or eggs in Kathmandu, I feel like I am on an Easter egg hunt trying to catch the dozens of expeditions going to the various peaks this spring. You have guessed right - I am back in…

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Read more about the article The new season is starting
Chrissie and I doing one of her legendary jumps just before the Engadin ski marathon

The new season is starting

Apologies to everyone for not updating my website for almost three months but it has been a busy time working and playing in Switzerland. However, I have just noticed that I am about to go back to Nepal to take up my work for Miss Elizabeth Hawley…

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