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Return To The Himalayas

As our plane approached Kathmandu mid afternoon, I was thrilled at my first sight of the mighty Himalayas sharing the sky with the clouds. The vision in that moment called out to the Mountaineer I hadn’t even realized had been nurtured in my heart. Thus, a magical era of beauty and adventure began.

Find Your Finest Moments Part 1

My first two trips to the Himalayas, to Poon Hill and Everest Base Camp, were magical yet inexperience and fear held me back from living them to the full. During my third trip, this time to Mera Peak, I gained all the confidence and experience I needed. That’s why I’m going back next year to cover two iconic Himalayan Treks and live them to the max.

I sat in the darkness in my Teahouse shivering in the freezing cold of the pre-dawn and waiting for my guide to knock on the door. It was 4am in the small Himalayan settlement of Ghorepani and we were due to make the short climb to see the sunrise from the nearby summit of Poon Hill. When the knock on the door came, my guide convinced me that the weather was not clear enough for us to expect a decent sunrise on the summit. He persuaded me to abandon the idea of making that ascent. We both knew the weather wasn’t the problem. It was my lack of fitness.

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By Sean McBride

I have been travelling regularly, sometimes on the road constantly since I left home to join the British Army at the tender age of 17 more years ago than I care to mention.

Since then I have been in every continent and lost count of the number of countries I have had the pleasure of visiting. From the Silence of the Marlborough Sounds to the endless noise of the motorbikes, trikes and tuc tucs in several parts of Asia. From the luxury of Dubai to the poverty of Mumbai and everything in between.

Ever since a good friend of mine some time ago encouraged me to step out of the Irish Pubs and off the beaten track into the vibe which fires the hearts and souls of the people amongst whom we travelled, I have never looked back.

Now, I want to share this with you to whet your appetite for what's out there and give what practical pointers I can on how to get there and move around.

By all means read my articles and pictures, enjoy my music and videos and meet me either here or on Social Media. I look forward to meeting you.

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