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TREKKING FOR CHARITY
A member of the Farnborough Village Bridge Club, Richard
Anscombe has recently completed a trek in the Himalayas to see
Mount Everest. He was with a group of fifteen others, plus four
guides and five porters. This is how he describes his experience. . .
AS we went higher and higher, so the air became thinner and
thinner as progress was made towards Everest Base Camp and
breathing became more difficult. It is hard to describe the beauty
and magnificence of the mountains and the scenery in general.
However, there were lots of reminders of how harsh the envi-
ronment is in the Himalayas. At Periche there is a memorial to all
those who have died on Everest and it is quite a long list. While we
were there the names of those who died last year were added,
including a close friend of one of our guides.
After reaching Base Camp, where we saw an avalanche on
Nuptse, the plan was to cross the high Cho La Pass to Gokyo but
we were informed that during the previous week there had been a
white-out and three people had died. We were strongly advised
not to cross the pass but descend the way we had come.
Most days we were woken at 6 am, had breakfast at 6.30 and
were on the track at 7 o’clock. The mornings all started with a
clear blue sky but the temperature only began to rise when the sun
cleared the mountains. Generally it clouded over mid-afternoon.
The early starts meant that we had the best part of the day
weather-wise for our trek.
We stayed in various lodges overnight. They were made out of
plywood with corrugated tin roofs and no heating. Every night
OPEN ALSO TO NON-EBU MEMBERS the temperature dropped to well below freezing and at Loubuche
it touched -20 Centigrade. The toilets were either outside or in a
NEXT STEP CONGRESS well-ventilated (cold) lean-to.
The people are very poor. Most live in a one-roomed dwelling
10 – 12 August 2010 and wash themselves and their clothes in streams or by the side of
Hilton Metropole Hotel, Brighton the track. Everything has to be brought in by yak train or by porters
as there are no roads or railways. Many of the porters looked very
If you are no longer a novice and play in a local club
young and they carried enormous loads on their backs.
but have not tried a county or EBU congress event,
Am I pleased to have done it? Yes. Would I recommend it to
you will enjoy the Next Step Congress!
Play your usual system and have fun in a relaxed environment.
others? Yes, provided they are prepared for hardship. Would I do
it again? No. Once is enough. r
Entry fee: just £24 per person, including welcome reception
You can make a donation in support through JustGiving.com. Richard
EBU Competitions Dept ( 01296 317 203 / 219 Anscombe is supporting the Alzheimer’s Society. All donations will be
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