In Kathmandu


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I'm pleased to announce that all of our team have now landed safely in Kathmandu and are settling in before our big departure.

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The day broke clear and beautiful this morning as we visited Boudhanath stupa, where the soldiers received a suitable Namaste, welcome to the Kathmandu valley and a taste of some of the Buddhist culture that they will see on the expedition.

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This afternoon, our climbing guides have been doing a thorough gear check with each member of the team to ensure that we're all set and ready to go.

Everyone is clearly thrilled to be here and looking forward to the coming weeks ahead, so it's an early night for all of us this evening, as 4am rolls around far too quickly. As Michelle said to me as we strolled around the stupa, "After running marathons and training all summer, it's surreal to finally be here in Nepal and I can't wait to get started!"

To say I am excited is an understatement. Last night, I was so thrilled with my new climbing gear that I managed to fall fast asleep while wearing my mountaineering mittens.

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Hopefully the guys and the gals on the team will get their beauty sleep and leave their climbing gear firmly where it belongs - in their kit bags for our flight out to Lukla for the start of our March to the Top.

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