Earlier this month, our Technical Director Paul and his wife Audrey completed the incredible trek to Everest Base Camp to raise funds for Marie Curie, where Audrey has worked for most of her career!
Flying to Lukla Airport (often called the most dangerous airport in the world), Paul and Audrey started their 12 day trek with a several hour hike to Namche Bazar, crossing the famous Hillary suspension bridge, 410ft above a raging river.
The following few days consisted of all-weather hiking, acclimatising to the high altitudes and taking in the spectacular 360 degree scenery. After 7 days they started the 10 hour hike from Loboche to Gorek Shep, and then onto Everest Base Camp at 5364m!
“Today I fulfilled a dream and completed my trek to Everest Base Camp. I actually always wanted to climb it, but that was always going to be a step too far. Therefore, trekking to Everest Base Camp was always a more realistic goal. Long day trekking from Loboche to base camp, via Gorek Shep – 10 hours all over 5000m altitude. All raising money for Marie Curie, a charity very close to home as its where my wife Audrey has worked in different roles almost all her working life. Thanks again to Wessington Cryogenics for kind kit sponsorship as well as a kind donation to Marie Curie which will follow once I get back to the office in a week’s time.”
After a few days delay at Lukla airport due to bad weather conditions, and eventually hiking 2 hours to Surkey Hotel Helipad, Paul and Audrey were back home and already getting ready to complete their next challenge of a 55km ultra!
Earlier in the year, they completed multiple marathons, all to raise money for Marie Curie. Overall, from friends, family and colleagues, Paul and Audrey raised £1200 for Marie Curie, as well as a £2000 donation from Wessington Cryogenics.