Discussion in 'On Tour' started by HarperPR, Apr 10, 2008.
David Blaine eat your heart out. Actually second thoughts no. That freak'd do it too.
They think it's all over...and it is...for this trek at least
Journal reports now live for 15th and 16th - and spot the message from Glenn Tilbrook on 17th!
Peru Rocks has so far raised an estimated US$100,000 (£56,000); the final figure to rise from donations and DVD sales. A fantastic achievement that will do much to help the lives of cancer sufferers in the Andean region.
Thanks to all those who supported and contributed.
Photos from the last days in Peru up on the Peru Rocks site, including Nick at the Lima show. All photos that appear on the site were taken by Gary Noel.
All of the podcasts are up on YouTube now - here's the link to Lovehopestrength1:
I'm back and thank you so much for all your messages during the trek - Jackie and I really appreciated it - so much so - I cannot express it in words.
I'm still in a whirlwind mixture of emotions, jetlag and wowwwwwwwww did it really happen - so may be posting over a few days.
We arrived in Cusco a day early to get acclimised to the altitude - and were greeted by the whole of peru being ground to a halt by a general strike. We had to have a police escort through cusco to get to the hotel as every other car was getting rocks thrown at them!!!! Coca tea seemed to help with the altitude and I loved Cusco - the markets were fantastic and I became really good at bartering....
The trek started with a two hour drive with some of the bridges being destroyed in the strike - I am sure you caught the footage of the buses going over wooden sticks!!! I am so glad I trained hard for this trip and I did my three treks up snowdon. Although I still felt I could have done more.
The temperature was a lot hotter than the guide books said - about 30C - hence why in every photo you see me wearing my hat. Each day we left camp really early and trekked until about 6 pm. The scenery was amazing and Jackie and I have tons of photos - which I need to sort out and bore you with. Once we started getting higher the altitude really did kick in with the trekkers who lived at higher altitude striding past us brits who were huffing and puffing. You couldn't seem to regulate your breathing so had to so specialised breathing techniques and then stagger on for a few more steps. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed the trek but I am fed up of stone stairs going up and down!!!!! They were steep. But my back, knees, legs didn't ache at all during the trek and even walking 10+ miles a day wasn't a problem.
However, nothing can describe the emotional when you climb over some stone steps and are greeted at the sungate with the sight of macchu picchu in the distance - I got goosebumps to be honest and emotional. I just thought about everyone who had supported me during this trek and everyone who has supported lhsf uk - you were with me every step of the way in my mind.
After the train ride back down to cusco and then onto lima - we made a visit to the hospital. One of the guys from fastball brought his guitar and played some songs to the people receiving chemo. In the hospital, all the patients have their chemo together and listen to music - it was nice to met everyone there and I wish I had learnt a little bit more spanish. The money raised is going towards a van that will travel through peru villages checking people for cancer and offering information. Nothing can compare you to the difference in health care there and it makes you thankfully for everything.
The trip has been amazing, and I cannot thank anyone enough for their support, its made me even more prouder to be involved in LHSF UK, I made some amazing friends on the trek, realised how much I value friendship etc - I know I am getting cheesy but its the truth.
I hear the next trip may be Mount Kilmaja - sorry cannot spell that and Las Vegas in October - so I can hear the grand Canyon calling me now...... but before then its snowdon and maybe another mountain in uk if I have my way.
More tales to come when my mind is less jetlagged.
Great to hear Nick again and look forward to meeting some of you shortly.
Snowdon Rocks 3 here we come.xxx
HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGS for ya Katrina, you rocked, thanks for the first report back!! :14:
I'll sort out my photos this weekend and post some of here. I'm still in a whirlwind of how exciting it was and it was great to see Nick performing again
Thanks again for your messages of support - it meant a lot to me whilst I was climbing those stairs up and down, up and down, up and down!!!!!!
Last part of the Peru Rocks journal and more.
Wonderful stuff! Almost feel I'm there or should have been!
andi [the mountain man]
Found a link to this in the latest LHS mailout - it's great to see Nick getting a mention and a few great photos on my hometown paper's website :biggrin:
Found this while searching for LHS stuff - a Nick namecheck from the friends of Otto from Peru Rocks :biggrin:
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