ARRIVED SAFELY BACK FROM THE HIMALAYAS, HERE IS AN UPDATE FROM DAVID BALMENT
Mission completed and back to hot baths, a decent bed and warm ale. I got to Base Camp on 31 Oct and I can honestly say it was the hardest physical thing I have ever done.
Base Camp is 5357m/17575' above sea level, the trek took 9 days but the last 500m of altitude proved massively difficult. It felt as if my legs just would not work. Many others suffered from sickness and thumping headaches, but I was lucky not to experience those. However - and obviously - incredible to see Everest in all its magnificence.
The experience has been extremely tough, not to be repeated, but totally unforgettable. Incredible scenery - Himalaya made the Alps look like Dartmoor - and wonderful Nepalese people. Tiny in stature but huge in heart.
To date, I've raised around £2,500 in total on and off line and I'm really more than grateful to all of you who've sponsored me so far. Thank you.
I'd love to break the £3,000 barrier, so, if there are any others who would like to help me to achieve this target, it would be more than appreciated.
Many thanks, in anticipation. A reminder that my 2 charities are Polzeath Surf Life Saving Club and Different Strokes and my page can be found at:
and put in my name under Make a Donation