Hi everyone, Fiona here.
Paul and I are still on holiday but we have the laptop with us and now have another set of our Everest photos sorted and uploaded to our website. This section shows all our climbing photos including lots of ladder and crevasse crossings. Coming next are shots of the high camps and views.
We’re travelling with my parents and after a couple of days in Hong Kong, we’ve just spent 3 weeks in France. We’ve loved seeing Paris for the first time and doing all the normal touristy things, staying with Paul’s relatives Jean-Pierre and Nicole (who showed us an amazing time), and slowly making our way down through the Champagne, Bourgogne, Rhone-Alps, and Bordeaux areas – sampling the regions’ wines and foods as we went!
We’re currently in Spain squeezing in lots of incredible cathedrals, palaces, museums and street walking by day, and enjoying the sangria, tapas and music by night.
While travelling, Paul and I have managed to experience some fantastic hiking in regions we’ve never visited before. Although we didn’t bring any hiking gear with us, we were still able to do a 2 day hike in the French Pyrenees as the refuges are so well equipped. For a small fee, they can provide bedding and meals for overnight stays. We were laughing at ourselves as we set out wearing running shoes and carrying little more than a bottle of water and a light jacket – and not laughing as loudly when the weather turned to hail and then snow!
Normally we’re very diligent about being properly equipped for the conditions and often worry about others we see out hiking, but this time it was them pitying us! Despite the weather, the walking was beautiful and we thoroughly enjoyed it.
We’ve also been able to climb mountains in Andorra (the tiny country squeezed in between France and Spain), and in the Sierra-Nevada range (near Granada in Spain). Hopefully we’ll do a bit more when we get to Portugal too.
Hope everyone out there and back home is doing well.
PS – Some of you may be interested to read a recent article in The Age (a Melbourne newspaper) discussing the way that technology is now used on expeditions. Nick Grainger, who did his PhD on expedition communication, was interviewed and discusses his experiences, including managing our web site while we were climbing.