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Plans for Russia continue apace, but I’m fortunate to have a couple of adventures dialed-in prior to then, that will assist in getting my mind and body ready for what’s to come.

Tomorrow I head off to Nepal for a month. Firstly to spend two weeks with Engineering students from the University of the Sunshine Coast, examining earthquake affected structures in greater Kathmandu; then I’m off to the Annapurna Sanctuary where I’ll be using a home-made ‘coffee-can’ radar to see if it can be used to detect slope instability in the region.

I was last in this area in 2001 on an acclimatisation trek as we prepared for a Mountain Designs supported expedition to Mt Everest.

Fortunately a bit of time at altitude, humping a heavy pack, will be just what I need to start getting the body toughened-up for Russia.

Upon returning from Nepal I’ve then got a few weeks holidaying/climbing/researching in New Zealand; more pack time which is great.

But I’ll tell you a bit more about that down the track…

Best wishes to you all.


Keeping busy in the lead-up

For the past few days we’ve been speaking with people in the Kathmandu Valley and visiting numerous sites, investigating post-earthquake housing construction techniques. This will keep us busy for another week or so.

After that I bid adieu to my University of the Sunshine Coast colleagues and head onwards and upwards to the Annapurna Sanctuary to start investigating how to measure snow and ice movement using a home-made slope stability radar.

This is where I’ll start to get some decent training in for Russia; traipsing up hill all day, at altitude, with a ~20 kg pack is a great way to build some aerobic fitness and condition the body for what’s to come.

With the help of Mountain Designs, Charles, John and I have the opportunity to train, and then ‘play’ as hard as we can…

Week in the Mountains !

Well, it’s been a terrific week or so in the mountains, culminating in a day spent working in the Annapurna Sanctuary. It’s my 3rd time to the Sanctuary, and every time that I visit, I remember how inspirational the mountain environment is for me, and for so many others.

There’s something about the high mountain environment, that stirs the spirit, and makes you believe that anything is possible, as long as you put your mind to it… It’s been a great time in Nepal but tomorrow I’m homeward bound. I’m looking forward to dragging some tyres with my boys, in solid preparation for Russia, before spending some more time training in the hills, in NZ, come January; best Christmas wishes to you all…