Manaslu Expedition #122 August 2016
The Manaslu season is starting this week in Kathmandu. Himalayan Experience will once again have a small team there.
|Russell BRICE||New Zealand||Guide|
Our normal team of Sherpas will be with us.
And our normal team of cooks will be with us.
Over the last few months I have been working part time with an old friend Andy Elson on an exciting experimental flying project. I worked with Andy for the Balloon Over Everest, Balloon Around the World, and Balloon to the Edge of Space projects, so it is good to be on another exciting project.
In order to work on this project means that I travel to Wells (the smallest city in the UK) for one or two days a week. This means that I stay in a small boarding house for a couple of nights a week, and here I meet with Brigid who comes from a totally different world. Brigid actually trains horse riders and their respective horses up to Olympian level, so it has been interesting to learn much more about this sport. The only real contact that I have had with horses is that I used to ride a horse to school when I was very young.
However Brigid mentioned to me about a young 17 year old girl Hannah Francis who had aggressive bone cancer and that she was still riding horses despite the immense pain that she was suffering. But Hannah had set up a charity fund raising site which I link here www.willberrywonderpony.com
Now one of these small horses came to my office
Willberry contemplates travel
And he actually joined me on my trip to the summit of Carstensz Pyramid.
But actually he was not so content with this travel so he came to Nepal during our last season there, and of course he met some other interesting characters, like his friend the Yak and then he was fortunate enough to meet another friend Yeti. But Willberry also went to the summit of Everest without actually telling anyone. In order to recover from his Everest summit, Willberry then went to the Nepal jungle where he met another kind friend Tiger.
Willberry meets Yak
Willberry meets Yeti
Willberry on summit of Everest
Willberry meets Tiger
Now I was so excited to come back and tell Hannah about Willberry’s travel, but the day before I made it back to Wells unfortunately Hannah died, and so I never had the opportunity to actually meet her.
So with these sad thoughts I then travelled to Cardiff where I had a meeting with Bigmoose founder Jeff Smith as we discussed another exciting and community helpful project for the future. www.bigmoose.com
We must always live in hope, even as we head back to Manaslu.