Walk for Nepal – Snowdonia April 2016
Walk for Nepal 24th April 2016
So my plan was to write one blog post about this incredible walk and get it out to you in a few days.. But then something happened..
Firstly, I realised I had so much to tell you and so many amazing photos to include that it would be a very long blog post.
Secondly, I received an incredible email from one of the team on the walk which I really couldn’t do justice just by making it a small part of this post.
Thirdly, there was a delay in getting the blog section top and running on our new website!
So, later than intended but this is part 1 of 3. I’d like to start by saying what a privilege and an honour it was to be a part of the Walk for Nepal to support the inspirational Alex Staniforth and PHASE Worldwide. Here’s a little bit about why we got involved.
Two years ago (via social media) I came across an 18 year old called Alex Staniforth. He was on a mission to climb Everest. It reminded me of my own teenage dreams to one day stand on top of the world, but (unlike me) Alex hadn’t let ‘life’ get in the way and remained focus and determined in planning the trip to Nepal for his second attempt.
His first attempt in 2014 had ended when the Khumba Icefall took the lives of 19 Sherpas and the climbing season was cancelled. Tragically, while Alex was at Everest basecamp in 2015 the Nepal earthquake struck which claimed the lives of 9,000 people, including three of his friends in the resulting avalanches.
This motivated Alex to fundraise to help the people of Nepal rebuild their lives and a couple of months ago I heard about the Walk for Nepal he was organising in aid of PHASE Worldwide. So in support of this inspirational young man and this fantastic cause I volunteered to help in any way we could.
24 April 2016 – 7am, we left home on our way to Llanberis and just like any other time I see the Snowdon horseshoe (although it’s not usually that early I must admit!) I couldn’t resist stopping to take a photo and admiring its awesomeness. Today though it was going to be the setting for a very special event.
We arrived at the Royal Victoria Hotel to meet Alex and the PHASE team and I set about handing out presents for all the walkers (I liked this job) including lovely Khata scarves flown in from Nepal for walkers to tie to their rucksacks and snacks kindly donated by 9Bar and the Alpine Coffee Shop (in Betws-y-Coed). Stu went off to find coffee to recover from his early start!
So, why was this event so special? Well, exactly one year since the earthquake shook Nepal claiming 9,000 lives 120 people would set off up Snowdon to support Alex’s fundraising mission, including qualified mountain leaders from all over the country, three Ghurkas who had been with Alex on Everest last year, and all joined by the legend Alan Hinkes OBE!
To date this walk has raised £17,000 towards rebuilding Nepal. You can still donate here
There will be more about the actual walk in blog post 2 along with more photos (courtesy of Jason Smith)
In blog 3 I will share with you some very special words and a reminder of what can be achieved with this money.
We can find inspiration in the most unlikely places if we just look.
You can read more about Alex and PHASE here
It seems that this was good timing after all as today saw the preview of the video of the walk. You can watch the video here.