Highlight? The bit between 1987 & 2020..!!!
Oh....and the laughs. How can one laugh at 5000mts when you can barely breath...???
Highlight for me was watching a 2013 team member frantically washing his jocks at 5100 metres after what he thought was just a tiny little innocent fart. Don’t worry Brown. We’ve all shit our pants it’s just that most grow out of it at around 2yrs old.
Oh golly..... Just when the person in question thought that was all a thing of the past.......
Not to make it all about poo... but...
I do remember chatting and walking along with you David after an evening you decided to chow down on some Dal Baht when mid conversation you shot off like a rocket down a gap between buildings in a small village. What happened is speculative and only you and the long drop squatter will ever know. ;-)
Seriously though. My trek with you in 2016 has been one of the highlights of my life! Thank you for your knowledge, expertise and passion for this beautiful country. It may take a while, but I'll get back there again.
Mark. Are you sure that was me..? You may have been altitude effected at the time, surely you are mistaking me for Des or Anand..!!!
That's great feedback mate. So glad you enjoyed it.
Actually Mark, you often hope a trek blog will be just about that...."trekking". But when Sue gets on board, it can deteriorate to anything..!
I can’t thank you enough for pushing me out of my comfort zone Sue. I suspect you and David were wondering if I’d make it. Well proudly I did and it led me to a return trip to Myagdi Region to the West of Annapurna to assist with education and enterprise development for the Days for Girls program. The ABC trek was the best experience. Thank you so much for sharing your love of Nepal with us. X Sue
What a brilliant story Sue. I'm touched by what you've done. You must be so proud of your contribution. Big well done...
Nepal is just as much mental strength as what it is physical strength Sue and you certainly had both. That’s what got you there. Thank you for being part of the journey.
One of the best hikes I ever had the pleasure to experience, wouldn't have done it with out both your expertise.
Thank you Dave and Sue.
Hey, John from 2013. What a trip that was. I still remember poor Ryan battling with his own "rear-end" issues..!! (using snow instead of paper). Classic..! Good to hear from you mate. Hope you're well
Yes I'm well here in God's country Cairns Dave.
Ryan is stuck in Vietnam, and loving it.
Stay free .
Omg John. The Jack fruit you brought along on that trip was the best.
Great to hear from you and pleased you are well.
Seriously the hardest physical thing I've ever done but easily the most rewarding. This trip will forever be etched in our memories and the friendships we built from this trip are for a lifetime. A cheeky proposal at 5,500m at Kala Patthar is a story that will be told for many years too. The BEST.
Yep, a proposal at 5,500mts takes the cake. Well done.
“The Proposal”. What an incredible story to tell and so pleased to be part of. Yep….hard to top that one.
Thanks Dave and Sue.
I have indelible memories of my two trips to Nepal with you being full of adventure, Nepalese culture and of course plenty of fun and laughs. Great job you two. Namaste Trek Nepal with Me.
Hi John. We know you came to love Nepal mate. Like us, the spell was cast from your first trip.
Thanks John. You have unfinished business in Nepal. There certainly were some laughs.
Cheers to "NAFF" Gerring. The ABC trip with you and all the rest of the group inspired us to tackle EBC and Kallah Patar the next year. Namaste
“NAFF”. 😂😂. Thanks for the reminder EB’s. Good times.
Thank you Dave and Sue for helping me mark something off my bucket list in 2012- viewing Everest. I was hoping my knees would get me to Namche and back. They actually got me to Everest View Hotel and back. An easy acclimatisation day you called it. I thought of other words. Then I got lost on the torturous icy trail back down to Khumjung when you left me behind. But what and experience. I needed that drink when I got down.
Maybe that is why they called me Wine
Onya Wine. I'll always remember you battling the Kathmandu street touts, only to realise it was cheeky Sue tapping you on the shoulder for 10min...!!! What an absolute classic.
Psssttt you want Hashish.
Hi David and Didi,
My three trips with you were amazing, your knowledge and planning made it easy. The only decision and planning I had to make was yes I want to go. You did everything. Nepal is something you need to experience you cannot explain it to people. I feel I still have unfinished business in Nepal, unsure of by the time Covid is home my aging body will let me.
There’s one other decision you had to make Des….
Will I have the Mo Mo’s, Dahl Baht, Veggie fried rice, or veggie fried noodle. Decisions decision. I’d do anything for a Dahl Baht right now.
Ha...your "aging body" still gets you to Base Camp easier than several younger ones we have taken. Cheers mate
You've made it difficult restricting it to just one highlight! Having completed both the EBC & ABC treks, to be able to say that I've gazed upon some of the worlds highest peaks while sharing it with a group of new found and now life long friends is in deed something very special. Jumping off a 5000 ft peak while suspended under a parasail, a post trek shave & massage at the guesthouse, dipping in the hot springs at the end of the ABC trek, seeing the Kumari and learning about her existence, making controversial blog entries under false names and pissing myself as the responses came in all spring to spring to mind as highlights however the standout event to me actually took place during a training session at the 1000 steps. John Gerring had signed on for the EBC trek and at his first training session joined Sue & I for walk up the steps with Sue in the lead as normal and John following. While we climbed, Sue regaled the story of a previous trekker exposing some arse crack and in order to add some realism to the story, flipped her shorts down to expose her arse. John, who had his head down, noticing that Sue had slowed, looked up from the step below only to be hit in the face by Sue's bare arse! We'd warned him about her but nothing could prepare him for this. As he pulled back, the shocked look on his face was priceless & something I'll never forget. As for Sue's bare arse...... I'll score it a perfect 10!
Oh wow...Who needs to go overseas when a highlight such as the above can be enjoyed in your own backyard..!! Perhaps too late, but I should do a quick wellbeing check on John..!!
Maybe a new venture…www.trek1000stepswithme.com
Brown. So good to hear from you. I was wondering where your story was going. I’m wondering if the same scenario was reinacted on say day 13 of no shower or in fact no hot water within a 15,000klm radius if you’d still rate my arse a perfect 10?
Geez, give a girl a compliment....
David...a life changing trip, one that I will cherish forever and with every year...the stories just keep getting better😂. Thanks for helping me crawl up to KP... now that was a real adventure. Talk soon Anand
Hey there Anand. I remember very well you putting yourself in 4WD and trudging up that big hill. I also remember the cheers of support from the 2016 team when you stepped onto KP. Great memories mate.
Hey Sue - who would have thought I could miss those words " it's just another little hill" so much!! Had the best time of my life with an awesome crew, just when I needed it. Thanks David and Sue for all your great work getting us to Nepal and then up the mountain....and back! Best wishes, everyone.
Thanks Liz. I remember keenly following your 2015 trek blog and thinking how enjoyable your trek must have been.
Thanks liz, ahhh the Nepali flat. We’ve just got a little hill to get over and we’ll be there. This beautiful country has a habit of clearing ones mind and giving in to the simplicities of trekking life. Three weeks in the mountains is just like a “Control-Alt-Delete”.