Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Everest Base Camp Trek Kit List

When I was preparing for my trek to Everest Base Camp, I spent a lot of time browsing the internet for kit lists to prepare myself as much as possible. It was great not just reading other peoples experiences of Nepal, but what they brought with them, what they wish they didn't bring and what they wish they did.

I mean, what do you bring to a country you've never been to before? This was an entirely new experience for me, and while it was exciting counting down the days, it was also nerve racking. I didn't even know anyone who had been on a trek even remotely similar to ask for advice! Its quite daunting to not have any clue what-so-ever of what to expect.

I'd be surprised if I am the only one who felt like this before embarking on this challenge, so I thought I'd write a kit list myself for any of you budding EBC trekkers! It is an honest account of what I thought was needed and necessary, (including a god-awful photo of my sunburn, but I feel it's needed to emphasise just how freaking important decent sun cream is!) and I've added a few tips in here I have taken from other trekkers that were with me (down slippers? WHY DIDN'T I THINK TO BRING THOSE BEAUTIES??!!).

Everest Base Camp Kit List


*All my gear, laid out, ready to pack.*




Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Walk along the Fife Coastal Path

Earlier in the year, as part of the training for my Everest Base Camp charity trek (yep, another training walk, but they were needed!), I took my wonderful wee man Jimmy the Labrador for a walk along part of the beautiful Fife Coastal Path, accompanied by my Dad.

For those of you that do not know, the Fife Coastal Path is, unsurprisingly, a coastal walking path that leads from North Queensferry (across the water from Edinburgh) right up to Balmerino (across the water from Dundee). It is a beautiful walk, that takes you through quaint sea-side towns that otherwise an individual may have otherwise not even heard of. It also, however, includes the famous town of Anstruther, known for the best fish and chip shop in Scotland.

The section we travelled took us from St Monans to Crail. It was a very windy day, but still very sunny, which was wonderful for walking along the coastline. Just outside of St Monans we found ourselves at a very hidden little beach - probably one of the most beautiful and tiny beaches I've come across. It looked untouched by man. The peace and quiet was swiftly broken by Jimmy, bounding in and out of the water (I swear he was a fish in another life...).



*Stunning hidden gem of a beach just outside St Monans*

*Jimmy enjoying a paddle*



Monday, 12 October 2015

I WON!

I am OVER THE MOON to say that I won a competition hosted by AMG Group, through their company Vango, to win a GoPro Hero 4! I have had a massive grin on my face all week - and to make it even better, they've posted my blog post regarding my Everest Base Camp trek on their website! Check out the link!

http://www.vango.co.uk/gb/blog/33_gopro-winner-august-iona-nelson.html

It is a slightly modified version of the original EBC post on Tents, Trees and Bumble Bees, but I am so so incredibly happy my writing has been chosen :D

I'll no doubt be getting out and about to put the GoPro in action as soon as I can - should make for some great photos and videos! Especially taking it to Australia at Christmas!



PS: Here's a photo of me when my GoPro arrived in the post! You can feel my excitement there.




Friday, 2 October 2015

Wildlife Spotting and Camping in Perthshire

This weekend past, my boyfriend, Ryan, and I took a wild camping trip with Ryan's Dad up to a secret wee location in Perthshire.

Leaving on Friday evening started the trip off on a stressful tone, as we only ended up leaving Edinburgh around 19:20, due to work commitments and problems at a local petrol station. We eventually hit the road, just as it was getting dark, thinking we probably should have waited until the following morning to set off, given the stress and rush we were in. However, me being optimistic as always, just tried to remember that at least the roads would be quieter and we'd hopefully make it up there a little quicker.

*The stunning moonlight peeping through the cloudy sky


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