It’s always tough at the beginning

Day 2 and the sun is shining again – luckily I have bought my umbrella- people always laugh at me for packing this but it’s great if the sun is on you and you don’t need water proofs in the rain – not so good in the Arctic or on top of a windy mountain not matter where you are in the world.

I sweat constantly for the first 4 hours of the trek – I also feel unconditioned at the moment. My legs are tired and…well the list is long! The problem is everything you do is always tough at the beginning- all the students and scouts I speak to I tell them to persevere- stay in there and after a short while things get better – you make new friends or you understand more about your scout group or in my case you get fitter as the days go in.

I met a lady with a small chick in her shop – we sat and drank tea for awhile and played with the little fella.

I saw a lizard about the length of a frisbee (not sure why I wrote frisbee as a reference) you ran straight in front of me and stop on a rock for a photograph.

Finally as the sun dropped the light breeze helped us the final couple of hours to Dharapani (1960m)

I feel tired and hungry which is to be expected after a days walk in the Himalayas.

Author: Mark Wood

An established polar explorer and adventurer who operates within the extremes of our planet. His next expedition to Mount Everest will involve students from around the globe - this journal was set up to link directly with the teachers, students and the scouts who are involved in the journey.

2 thoughts on “It’s always tough at the beginning”

  1. I agree, beginnings can be rough, I find it interesting how I have to remind myself a.l.l. t.h.e. time, things get easier, when I persever. I like how you pass that on to the kids.

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