A little over a month ago we announced that long-time Greenfingers supporter Simon Quinton-Smith was taking on an almighty trekking challenge for the Charity. Over the past few weeks we have followed Simon’s progress on the trek which took him to 250 kilometers in Nepal over 24 days to remote heights, breathtaking scenery, and challenging landscapes.
Throughout Simon’s challenge we have enjoyed receiving frequent updates from his wife Caroline who, whilst being understandably concerned, was a brilliant support to Simon and Greenfingers keeping us up to date with the latest news from the mountains as well as making a huge effort to support Simon’s fundraising campaign.
We were delighted to hear that Simon has safely returned to the UK , ready to put his feet up and share his story with us.
We are pleased to share the following exerts from Simon’s trekking diary with you which give an honest and detailed account of they every day challenges Simon faces as they unfolded on the mountain.
The full story can be read on the Quinton Edwards website by clicking here and we highly recommend that you spend your next 5 minute tea break visiting his blog and reading about his journey, it’s a fantastic account of a truly inspirational adventure. To date Simon has raised over £3000 for Greenfingers Charity and if you would like to show your support for his challenge please click here to view his Justgiving page
5.5 hour walk across circa 15 landslips, a very rickety bridge (the proper bridge was broken in a landslide). I went over on my hands and knees – according to James and Nick who have trekked all over the world – this was some of the most hard core trekking they had ever come across. The walk was across narrow ledges, over gaps, sheer drops (now understand the donkey story) – if Caroline was worried before, she would be more worried now. If I had known that this is what I had to expect before I came, I would have been afraid but I’m not, not even nervous, just wary. It feels very spiritual here.
To explain the difficultiness, up to 400 people a day walk to Everest base station, less than 1,000 a year to KCJ base station and even less where we are going thereafter. Our leader had only been there four times and the No. 2 guide it was his first time. The owner of the company hasn’t been here since 2006. However, I am here and what doesn’t kill me will make me stronger day by day.
Was it worth it? Yes
Did it push me? Unbelievably
Have I benefited? Without question.
Would I do it again? Probably not.
Huge thank you to Simon for taking on such a remarkable challenge and for raising such fantastic funds for Greenfingers Charity.