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May 13, 2017  |  Blog, News

As I write this today (13th May) it is Paul’s birthday – he would have been 28 – which is a very appropriate day to report back on my trek to Mera Peak.

It was an epic and amazing experience. Extremely hard work walking up and down over 30,000ft of mountain trails through forest, moorland, rocky slopes and across glaciers. I was with a great bunch of people and made some good new friendships. We came from the States, Australia, Norway, Ireland, Scotland and Wales as well as England and spanned nearly 40 years in age (from me downwards!).

In the end the summit was just out of reach as I simply didn’t acclimatise sufficiently, but after 2 weeks trekking I got to nearly 6,000m (19,700ft) on summit day and enjoyed a spectacular sunrise high on the mountain. Five other’s out of seventeen didn’t make it to the top and one girl had to be airlifted out a couple of days later with high altitude sickness. Apart from that we all stayed very fit and healthy.

I took opportunity to raise money for Paul’s Fund and the banner in the photo was in my pack each day and often came out. There were two father/son pairs on the trek, but I like to think Paul and I were the third!

The mountain in the background in the featured photo with a whisp of cloud coming off the top is Mt Everest. There are more photos on the Friend’s of Paul’s Place, Georgeham facebook page, or for the full treatment and a commentary go to my Mera Peak Adventure album on Flickr.

Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me and sponsored this trek – if you’d like to make a donation there is a Mera Peak button on the Donations page. Thank you!

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