Three members of staff from Lincoln Castle Academy will soon be trekking across the Himalayas on a 16 day trip to Everest base camp. Site Manager Nathan Willey, IT technician Jim Aram, and Science teacher Cliff Medley will join his son Leo, a personal trainer from London, flying to Kathmandu in Nepal at the start of half term, on Friday 13th October.
The trek will involve six flights, including to and from the tiny airport at Lukla, often featured as one of the world’s most dangerous, as its runway is more like Lindum Hill in Lincoln than Scampton! The route then heads into the mountains passing through several small villages, crossing precarious rope bridges and along narrow rocky paths. The views can be stunning, though the weather can always be a massive factor in how the trek progresses. The temperature in Kathmandu may be around 25°C, but it can drop below freezing once you reach the higher altitudes at night.
The route normally takes more than two weeks to walk, so it’ll feel harder walking with less time to acclimatise to the extreme altitudes, thus avoiding the potentially dangerous “altitude sickness” caused by a lack of oxygen that occurs above 2000m above sea level.
Training has involved a two week tour of Scottish mountains during the summer holiday, staff trips to the Yorkshire and then the National Three Peaks, as well as walking the 17 mile ‘Ponton Plod’, near Grantham in September.
The trip will be in aid of two charities, The British Heart Foundation, and Ataxia UK. Many people know others affected by coronary heart disease, for whom the BHF is working so hard to help; but few know about Ataxia, a progressive neurological condition which affects balance, speech and co-ordination. Sixth Form student Georgia has the condition, and has been involved in some of the fundraising.
“Georgia is delighted that staff are pushing themselves not only to their own physical limits but to the very limits of the Earth to raise much-needed funds for Ataxia UK. Ataxia is a degenerative condition which affects every muscle group. It has no known cure so the efforts of our intrepid staff really do make a huge difference in trying to fund further scientific research that may one day bring a cure. We hope that staff and students alike will give generously and that we raise as much money as possible.”
Emma Drury – Head of Additional Needs.
Online sponsor forms are available at
https://goo.gl/giSa82 (raising funds for the BHF)
https://goo.gl/PA7vPf (raising funds for Ataxia UK)