Location: Kathmandu Altitude:
Arrived safely back in the Du and was again swamped by the fumes, rubbish
and chaos. For the first time I welcomed the urban mess. Immediately I was
rushed to the WFP office where I was greeted and welcomed back by all of the
staff. A great way to finish a long and demanding trip. It made all of the
suffering worthwhile. The WFP Nepal team has been right behind me from start
to finish. I must take this time to thank them for their support. Likewise
to all of those who have helped me in the greater WFP, sponsors (in
particular the Chaudhary Group), my family, friends, well wishers, other
team members and of course Ingrid.
Update: Last night I left Camp Four at 9:15 AM. After one
hour my oxygen system malfunctioned so I then climbed without oxygen for the
next two hours. These two hours were the hardest two hours in my entire
life. It was TEN times harder than the 30 km route march on my special
forces selection course. I reached The Balcony and used the radio to talk
with my expedition leader at Base Camp. He said "You're too slow, you'll
have to come down and try again next week." I replied "NO WAY MATE, THE ONLY
DIRECTION I'M GOING IS UP, GIVE ME ANOTHER SOLUTION!".
World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s
largest food aid provider. WFP is actively striving to ensure that the United
Nations Millennium Development Goal, namely, the halving of chronic hunger
world wide by 2015, is achieved. One such advocacy and fundraising campaign to
assist WFP with its efforts is the Walk the World initiative.
This is a global event that
involves groups comprising of civic organizations, corporations, other
humanitarian organizations, Government members and the public at large,
walking a short distance along a visible or prominent location within their
local region. It is expected that Walk the World 2006, to be held on the 21st
of May, will see over 750,000 participants walk within 100 countries across
In support of the Walk the
World 2006, Mark Squirrell (Squiz) will climb to top of the world in order to
raise awareness and funds for WFP Nepals School Feeding Programme. It is
expected that Squiz, WFP Nepal’s Field Security Officer, will summit Mount
Everest within days of May 21st. Although the expedition is not a WFP
initiative, it is supported by WFP.
The culmination of
preparation, hard work and physical effort will be realised in late May but
the benefits will be felt by thousands of children for months to come.
Preparations are well underway. Squiz has recently conquered the arduous peak
of Ama Dablam and is now gearing up for Mount Everest. Your help with the next
journey would be much appreciated. Make a
Update: On the way to Pheriche I met up with a few fellow
members of the ICE8000 Everest expedition team. Great timing, as they were
planning to head off the beaten track to visit a Tibetan Lama in order to get
his blessings for our summit attempt. This traditional ceremony lasted about
an hour and involved a lot of chanting, rice throwing and words of wisdom.
Lama Geshe shared many valuable and inspiring verses, including the following
request for all sentient beings on the planet:
Give up all intention to harm others from your heart And do
your best to benefit them all If each and everyone feels the universal
responsibility to do so, We will all enjoy the feast of peace!
To be continued....
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