Out of the Cellar

It’s 4 weeks since I hopped my way out of the Potato Cellar.

Getting out and about

The knee is slowly improving. I’ve regained all 140 degrees of movement and I’m getting faster, I can now use the pedestrian crossing without being tooted!  It’s still rather chatty while walking and rolling over in bed [...]

Ember's Everest Escapade: Cooeee from EBC

Sharing such an important day with Dawa and Penny

Penny's Tent is very comfy

While Trotty has been facing her challenges at home, together the team and I have been facing the continuing challenge of climbing higher and higher, as our bodies slowly adapt. I’ve learnt to drink more water than gum leaves [...]

Keep your Spirits High: a week on

RISK by Anon

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach for another is to risk involvement.
To expose your ideas, your dreams,
before a crowd is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.
To believe is to [...]

Ember's Everest Escapade: Day 1 without Trotty

Penny provided a snug place to watch the mountains go by

My blessed Shrundi strings

It’s day one without Trotty and the Team have kept me busy. We climbed ever higher, each step taking us closer to our dream, the summit of Everest.

I wanted to show girls in Nepal and Australia that we [...]

Ember Goes Solo

The hand over

Her new pouch

My journey has ended but Ember’s hasn’t.

As soon as I introduced her to the team they made her the 8th member of our Expedition Team. So when I tumbled into the potato cellar…..can anyone actually read that with a straight face? …. there was no [...]

Keep Your Spirits High

“When the world outside has blown a hole right through your pride
Keep it going, don’t say die, keep your spirits high” Lyrics Patrick McMahon

The hole is crevasse sized! and I’m struggling to keep my spirits high right now.

Normally when I post about the setbacks I wait until I’ve come out the [...]

The Dream is Over but it's a World 1st

Trotty in the cellar with the potato

In hospital. Can't fault the care.

I’m in hospital in Kathmandu, eating as many potatoes as I can as revenge.

Friday afternoon, after a beautiful morning walk from Namche to Khumjung, chatting with Namgel (Dawa’s brother) much of the way, we settled into the tea-house. I was [...]

Ember's Everest Escapade

Ember's Dream is to Climb Everest with Trotty

Team Trotty has grown by one and for the first time ever, I won’t be travelling alone. My climbing companion is Ember ……..but wait….I’m skipping ahead.

Let me go back a few weeks. I was visiting Brett at CFS Region 1 HQ to discuss my visit [...]

The definition of insanity?

My family and friends would probably say climbing mountains!

The other definition is of course doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome.

So this time around it’s a completely different approach.

The main change as you know is that I’m not doing it on my own. You’ve met my coaches through their blogs. They [...]

Silver Linings

Yeah!! I finally found the Silver Lining to The Great Down Dry-cleaning Disaster. Pollyanna would be proud

Researching replacement gear was an eye (and wallet!!) opening experience.  I had no idea Technology had changed so much in the last 8 years and I made the “No Brainer” decision to replace all my [...]